Stretch to Win® Fascial Stretch Therapy™(or FST™) was first developed by Ann Frederick in 1995 while working with collegiate athletes as a graduate assistant at Arizona State University. In 1997, she conducted a scientific study for her thesis in an attempt to compare a traditional, commonly used stretching technique in sports with what she called at the time “A&F/PNF technique”. Here we provide you her original thesis.
Now commonly called FST, Ann and her husband Chris have co-developed this method into much more than an assisted stretching technique.
They are working with Paul Standley, PhD, Dean of the College of Medicine of the University of Arizona in Phoenix. Until recently Dr. Standley directed his own research team, publishing important research on stretching human cells. He currently also has positions on committees with the Fascia Research Society and the Fascia Research Congress.
Dr. Standley has assigned the Fredericks as mentors working with a medical student from the years 2016 to 2020 to produce evidenced based studies of Stretch to Win® Fascial Stretch Therapy™ and its effects on low back pain. Results from those studies will be posted on this website as they're delivered.
A 2017 FST RESEARCH STUDY shows statistically significant improvements in pain and ADL scores noted in the table. Ranges between 31% and 57% improvement after 1-3 treatments were measured compared to pre treatment time point.
Read the study abstract here
For more information and details on this training, please go to our Level 1 Workshop Summary page.