Nicky Bhatia, MD

Fascial Manipulation Specialist

Fascial manipulation is an advanced natural healing technique that focuses on manual manipulation of the fascia to heal muscle, reduce pain and improve their range of movement by releasing fascial restrictions that bind movement. Bryant Park Wellness chiropractor, Dr. Jeffrey Linder, is trained and certified in the Fascial Manipulation Technique and combines this technique with chiropractic care to help his Midtown, New York City area patients heal in the most effective and quickest way possible.

Fascial Manipulation Q & A

What is the Fascia?

The fascia is a kind of tissue sheath that covers and connects muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, organs, and nerves. When a muscle contracts and shortens, the fascial connection pulls its attached muscles, tendons, and bones, resulting in efficient, complex. coordinated body movement. When this connection is overused and thickens, body movement is compromised and pain often results.

What is Fascial Manipulation?

Fascial manipulation is a type of manual therapy that was originally researched and created by Drs. Luigi Stecco, Carla Stecco, and Antonio Stecco in Italy. The fascial manipulation technique divides the treatment areas according to movement planes, which allows for some amazing results for injured patients. This treatment technique has grown even more precise and sophisticated since its inception 35 years ago, through ultrasound imaging analysis, clinical observations, and cadaveric dissections.

What is the Role of the Fascia?

Fascia serves many roles in the body by:

  • Allowing the muscles to glide smoothly
  • Keeping the organs in the correct place
  • Conveying movement from the muscles to bones
  • Providing support for nerves and blood vessels moving through and in between the muscles

What Happens When There is Damage to Fascia?

If a patient suffers from trauma from an accident of overuse, the fascia can become shorter and thicker. This prevents a smooth sliding muscle motion, and often results in pain and restricted motions.

What Happens During Fascial Manipulation?

During fascial manipulation, Dr. Linder will identify the specific area of the fascia that's connected to the movement problems or pain. The exact point where the fascia is thickened is then treated through sustained pressure. These manipulations are designed to eliminate or greatly reduce the fascial thickness restoring improved movement and reducing pain.

What Types of Issues Can Fascial Manipulation Help With?

Some of the many problems that fascial manipulation can help with include:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Hip pain
  • Migraine headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • Knee pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shoulder pain

Many other conditions can be helped with fascial manipulation. Contact Dr. Linder to learn more.


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