Fascial Counterstrain Treatment
Fascial Counterstrain (FCS) can be very helpful both before and after your joint replacement surgery to help reduce pain, stiffness and swelling. FCS treatment addresses dysfunction in your deep connective tissue or fascia. Fascia exists in many different tissues throughout all the different systems of your body including arterial, venous, nervous, musculoskeletal and visceral (heart, lungs, digestive organs etc.) systems. Restrictions in the fascia of any one of these systems can cause pain and movement limitations in your joints. During treatment your FCS practitioner will use a combination of gentle glides and comfortable positioning guided by a system of specific tender points to unload the your swollen and irritated tissues allowing swelling and inflammation to drain so the normal motion and function can be restored. The process is very gentle but the results are often dramatic with significant increases in range of motion (ROM) without painful stretching exercises and much faster decreases in swelling than traditional treatment methods including ice and elevation.