Recently I came across a new tool designed to help release fascia, a connective tissue found throughout the body. Many times tight muscles/areas are a result of fascia “sticking.” There are hands-on massage techniques to help release the fascia, but the fascial abrasion technique (FAT) tool can release the fascia in less than a minute in most cases. By simply creating friction with the skin, the fascia is stretched and releases from its “stuck” position.
Many injuries and current aches and pains can be eliminated with the FAT tool. Below is me working on a runners IT band and calf, two areas where fascia is notorious for sticking. I use the FAT tool to release the fascia and then follow up with hands-on treatments.
Areas the FAT tool is extremely helpful for runners:
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