Comparison: Fascial Stretch Therapy & Massage Therapy

This Blog post is not intended bash Massage Therapy as all forms of therapy have merit, but there is a reason our business is based around Fascial Stretch Therapy. There is a time and place for both modalities and is why we, as therapists, use an array of modalities to help our clients identify and develop their personal, often unique, areas of opportunity.

First lets start with massage therapy, often referred to as Swedish Massage.

Invented by a Swedish fencing instructor named Per Henrik Ling in the 1830s. With an injured elbow, he reportedly cured himself using tapping strokes around the affected area. Since then massage has evolved into a plethora of sophisticated techniques and styles.

Most noted benefits of Swedish massage therapy are as follows:

  • Improve Circulation
  • Increased Mental Alertness
  • Reduce Stress Hormones such as Cortisol
  • Reduce Anxiety and Depression
  • Reduce Muscle Resting Tension
  • Improved Recovery of Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Stimulation of the Lymphatic System
  • Improved Skin Tone

Stretch to Win – Fascial Stretch Therapy was founded by ex-professional dancer Ann Frederick as an unique system of neuro-myofascial manual therapy technique for the USA Men’s Olympic Wrestling Team of 1996. She soon discovered that these techniques rapidly helped other clients with a variety of chronic, unresponsive pain conditions, strength imbalances and other uncommon neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.

Later in 1998 she met Chris Frederick who was an ex-professional dancer as well as a specialist in dance physical therapy. He helped evolve FST in to the effective manual therapy and movement re-education system it is today,  which can improve outcomes with many common medical diagnoses faster and more effectively than traditional physical therapy.


Noted benefits of Fascial Stretch Therapy are as follows:

  • Reduction of Stress
  • Improved Posture
  • Reduced Systemic Pain
  • Improved Muscle Function/Firing
  • Improved Circulation
  • Improved Energy
  • Increased Range of Motion & Mobility of the Joint Capsule
  • Increased Tissue Elasticity and Flexibility
  • Prevention of Muscle Loss
  • Decreased Compression & Impingement of Joints
  • Increased Muscular Balance & Symmetry
  • Improved Performance Output
  • Reduced Risk of Injury (preventative /“prehabilitation”)

As previously mentioned we at Restore Prehabilitation & Recovery draw techniques from both modalities to provide fast and efficient outcomes. Let us know what challenges or experiences you have and together we will develop the best plan of action, unique to you, focused on getting you feeling great again.