At Acceleration Physiotherapy, Becky Colwell uses Stretch Therapy as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for patients. Stretch therapy is a pain-free treatment that uses therapist-assisted stretching to release tension and alleviate pain. This treatment focuses on the muscles and connective tissue (fascia) that surround the joints.
What is Fascia?
“Fascia is a thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber and muscle in place. The tissue does more than provide internal structure; fascia has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin. When stressed, it tightens up.
Although fascia looks like one sheet of tissue, it’s actually made up of multiple layers with liquid in between called hyaluronan. It’s designed to stretch as you move. But there are certain things that cause fascia to thicken and become sticky. When it dries up and tightens around muscles, it can limit mobility and cause painful knots to develop.” (Muscle Pain: It May Actually Be Your Fascia)
Benefits of Stretch Therapy
Candidates For Stretch Therapy
This treatment is suitable for you if you’re:
Ultimately, stretch therapy is available to people of all ages and abilities with the goal of improving their mobility.
Read on below for more answers to frequently asked questions about this form of treatment
What’s involved in a typical stretch therapy session?
As always, your first session will include an in-depth assessment so your therapist can effectively customize a treatment plan for your specific needs. This will include questions about your mental and physical health, past injuries, sleep patterns, etc.
Once your therapist has gotten to know you and your treatment goals, they’ll have you lay on the treatment table while they actively stretch your body, helping to mobilize the fascia. Your job will be to breathe and relax!
What should I wear?
Arrive at your appointment wearing comfortable clothing that you can move and stretch easily in. A t-shirt with yoga tights, sweatpants, or shorts is ideal.
Does a stretch therapist have special education?
Yes, Becky has completed a 40-hour course combining theory + extensive hands-on practice. She also has 5 years of experience using stretch therapy in a clinical setting.
How long is an appointment and how much does it cost?
Stretch therapy is used within a typical physiotherapy appointment, at no additional cost to you as the patient.
Assessment (approx 45 minutes) = $120
Treatment (approx 30 minutes) = $90
Extended treatment (approx 45 minutes) = $105*
*This option is for those who are having multiple body sites treated in one visit.
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