5 Good Reasons to Try Fascial Stretch

z ero pain: Massage and stretching therapies that focus on rehabbing an injury or breaking up scar tissue can be pretty painful, but fascial stretching is incredibly gentle. “You shouldn’t feel any pain at all, just mild pressure,” says Sarbin.
Fast recovery: In addition to reducing soreness, Sarbin says fascial stretching improves the blood flow to tired muscles, helping you to recover faster from tough training sessions with less soreness. Basketball legend Charles Barkley is a fan and even made a video about how fascial stretching helps him get back in action.
Improved performance: There’s a lot of science behind fascial stretching, including how it could help you run faster, lift heavier, boost endurance, improve coordination, and increase flexibility. But for me, the most convincing evidence was that even the Denver Broncos do fascial stretching, going as far as saying it helped them take home a Super Bowl trophy! (At home, try these 5 Stretches Everyone Should Do.)
Injury rehab: “Stretching the fascia breaks up scar tissue and increases the range of motion in injured areas,” says Sarbin, who says she became interested in the technique after using it to recover from foot surgery. “By the time I was done with the therapy, the foot that had been injured actually felt 100 percent better than the foot that was fine the whole time,” she says. “That’s what made me realize how powerful this can be.”
Weight loss: Weight loss isn’t the aim of fascial therapy, but Sarbin says she’s seen the piggyback effects happen for some clients. “When you feel better and move with less pain, you want to move more, and that exercise will help you lose weight.”