This is the story of how Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) saved me. Certainly Fascial Stretch Therapy saved my ability to run. I love running outdoors! I love the freedom of it and the exhilaration of all that oxygen flooding my body. But it seemed for a time that running didn’t love me back.
I’d just get into the zone and then, wham, I’d get nagging pain in my psoas area and groin. My lower back would get sore and twinge-y. And I’d have to stop for a while. I always put it down to over-doing it or some problem with my gait. And each time I’d rest for a month or more and spend untold capital on physiotherapists and chiropractors trying to fix the problem.
Fascial Stretch Therapy Saved Me
I’d also see my massage therapist, Audrey Kelly. Audrey worked with me using Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST). And she encouraged me to stretch on my own daily. She showed me various stretches and suggested using a foam roller and trigger point balls. So I dutifully bought them and then did nothing with them.
When I ended up injuring myself a second time she asked me, “have you been stretching like I suggested?”. Sheepishly I had to admit I hadn’t. So I started. And I added “Foam roll for five minutes” as a “habit” to my Aaptiv Coach. Once I needed to do it to earn my gold star for the day, it amazed me at how consistent I became (I’m rather Type A). And a miracle happened; the pain went away! Fascial Stretch Therapy saved me. Now it’s the way I roll…