Jo Hadley | Fascial Manipulation – could it help my injury or symptoms?
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Fascial Manipulation – could it help my injury or symptoms?


What is Fascial Manipulation? In my opinion, Fascial Manipulation is like acupuncture but without the needles. The points in Fascial Manipulation are very similar to acupuncture points and like acupuncture, Fascial Manipulation is great for muscle, joint and soft tissue injuries i.e. musculo-skeletal injuries, as well as assisting in some organ related dysfunctions – Fascial Manipulation Internal Dysfunctions.

Unlike acupuncture there are no predetermined points for a set condition, with Fascial Manipulation every patient must be individually assessed and treated according to their own individual set of points.

Fascial Manipulation Internal Dysfunction method does NOT heal already developed organ pathologies but it is great for conditions that doctors have no definite diagnosis for and that medical test results have largely been inconclusive. For example, your bloating or constipation symptoms don’t have any medically diagnosed cause, or your thyroid tests or blood tests are inconclusive. Fascial Manipulation theory hypothesises that it is possible for abnormal tensioning of the fascia/soft tissue around the organ to be affecting the organs motility and function and if fascial tensions are restored or improved the organ is free to move as it should and thus function should be restored or improved.

Fascial Manipulation is a safe and easy technique to trial and the organs are NOT touched but are treated from a distance via a set of points via an assessment protocol. If the right points are treated there should be at least an immediate 50% improvement in musculo-skeletal symptoms and internal dysfunctions should have at least a feeling of improved well being post treatment with the symptoms improving over 1-2 weeks.

Click these links to see the list of symptoms Fascial Manipulation may assist in the musculo-skeletal system:

Click below for a list of symptoms that Fascial Manipulation  may assist with for internal dysfunctions:

Fascial Manipulation is a holistic manual therapy approach founded by Italian physiotherapist, Luigi Stecco and is constantly being researched and refined by his family (both of Luigi’s children, Carla and Antonio Stecco are medical  doctors and both research, write and teach the Stecco method) and others.

Treatment is usually not on going and typically consists of 2-6 treatments until the condition is cleared. The same points are not treated each session. The treatment can be painful while the points are being treated but when this pain subsides the points have been cleared and the normal fascial movements have been restored, so the body part can move as it should.

Sometimes the points treated are sore for 2-3 days post treatment and this is because the treatment creates an inflammatory reaction at the point. It is important to know that inflammation is not always a bad thing and that inflammation is a normal part of the healing process. Fascial Manipulation uses the body’s healing inflammatory reaction to restore normal function at the site of identified dysfunction.

Fascia consists of deep and superficial fascia and each layer has specific functions and relates to different pathology presentations.

The deep fascia is more involved with musculo-skeletal injuries and also can cause tensional imbalances, irritation and altered function to the internal organs. Why? Because fascia is soft tissue and it surrounds every cell, muscle and organ in our bodies. Abnormal tension in one area of the body can have a compensatory negative effect elsewhere in the body.

Superficial fascia is more involved in system issues and can be utilised if there are issues with the lymphatic systems, dermatitis, symptoms implicating connective tissues etc.

Within the fascia are located many nerve receptors that affect our voluntary nervous system but also our involuntary nervous system and by stimulating these nerve endings via Fascial Manipulation technique changes can be made to the tissues and the nervous system. Of course you cannot affect the tissues and nerve endings in the body without having an affect on the brain…every Fascial Manipulation change helps via neuroplasticity to change the brain. If Fascial Manipulation works on the proprioception receptors then as a result our brain will perceive and control our subsequent movements differently…Fascial Manipulation is a TOTAL PERSON technique.

Check out a YouTube clip about Fascial Manipulation below:

If you want to try this technique on your injury you can contact me and book via these links:

Sydney CBD

North Sydney

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