Functional Fascial what?
Ok, let’s start from the beginning! I’ll keep this brief !
You have most probably seen athletes on TV and weekend warriors at the local 5k sporting multi-coloured tape stuck around calf muscles in pretty patterns? There are several different taping methods out there that can be used for problems with different anatomical causes and locations. Tape can be applied with the aim of limiting unwanted movement at a joint, offloading specific anatomical structures where a weakness has been identified or to facilitate pain-free function and promote healing. This is what Functional Fascial Taping (FFT) is about.
Oh, another fad, soon to be rebuffed ?
I doubt it! FFT was developed by Ron Alexander, a muscular-skeletal therapist, during his service at the Australian Ballet. He was the only therapist to travel around the globe with the dancers and ensure they can get on stage twice a day, 6 days a week for over 168 shows a year! By the way, the Oz ballet are the second most worked troup of dancers in the world, after the English National Ballet,so that’s a lot of dancing and twice as many pairs of legs, ankles, feet and points to repair! They thought Ron was great and kept him on for 8 years! When they finally let him go, Ron decided to treat the world at large, demonstrating the effectiveness of FFT as he went along. So hush to all the skeptics
Ok so it works for athletes, but not for desk slaves!
Wrong! Yes athletes need all the help they can get to stay active in their profession, but we all face physical challenges if “merely” through poor posture (8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 48 weeks a year over 40 years, if you’re lucky!) or because we have passions, challenges and ambitions in a sport or hobby. Do you suffered from a frozen shoulder, a stiff neck or plantar fasciitis (eek – that is a nasty one!)? Most injuries occur as a result of overuse or plain abuse of our otherwise resilient anatomy. The treatment of this type of conditions has been shown to respond to FFT. The method’s expected results include:
- fast & efficient analgesic effect
- allows activity & rehabilitation
- facilitates early return to work / training
- maintains high levels of training & competition
Oh and what’s more, FFT has past the rigorous test of a Double Blind Placebo Controlled Study (PhD) at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
I hate to say this, but I told you so! Read further information and testimonials about Functional Fascial Taping here.
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