During the physiotherapeutic examination an individual patient’s problem is assessed. Our therapists work on specific elements related to this problem later. But what can be done to make the effects of the therapy last very long? How to strengthen the results of the therapy? And finally, how to prevent the recurrence of problems? The answer to all these questions is self-therapy. Self-therapy is an individually tailored exercise that is easy to do at home and is mainly based on the method of post isometric relaxation (PIR) but it also involves various positions stretching individual muscles or entire anatomical bands. Self-therapy together with postural education forms an important factor supplementing the treatment process and ensuring its long-term results. Therefore, therapeutic success also depends to some extent on the level of patient motivation.
Fascial Manipulation was developed by Italian physiotherapist Luigi Stecco, who for 40 years of clinical practice and profound study of human anatomy and physiology developed an extremely effective and coherent therapeutic system. The author noted that certain places in the body show great tactile pain if the consistency of tissues in this region is altered and the restoration of proper slip between these tissues (manipulation) causes reactions in distant regions of the body. It took many years to develop a map of those points which (and there is nothing strange about that) mostly coincide with acupuncture points. He called these points the Coordination Centres (CC) and Merger Centres (CF). Stecco came to the conclusion that these special places lie on the tension line of the fascial system which is a “transmission band” for the propagation of mechanical compensation and pain radiation in our body. The method therefore takes into account a holistic approach to the body, treating its individual segments as individual links in the tissue chain whose continuity is provided by the fascia. The selection of points for manipulation is made according to specific rules – based on motor and palpation verification. A detailed history is an extremely important element that guarantees effective therapy. Another aspect that underlines the uniqueness of this concept is its extraordinary therapeutic effectiveness, which in just a few visits allows to solve many problems of patients, treated in a classical manner for years.