FCS Related Research Articles

Fascial Counterstrain (FCS) has been developed over a 25-year period by Brian Tuckey PT, OCS, JSCCI based on the original work of Lawrence Jones D.O. All FCS techniques were developed and perfected in the clinical setting and are based on sound, anatomical and scientific principles. The following research papers were utilized to develop the scientific rationale behind Fascial Counterstrain (FCS) and will give the interested reader insight into the world of chronic pain, fascial science, and why FCS is the treatment of choice for such a large number of difficult to resolve conditions.

Fascial plasticity – a new neurobiological explanation: Part 1, Robert Schleip Phd:  This article is an excellent research review article that discusses the emerging science which demonstrates fascia to be the largest and most important sensory organ in the human body.  Fascia’s ability to contract like skeletal muscle is also discussed.

A unifying Neuro-fasciagenic Model of Somatic Dysfunction, Underlying Mechanisms and Treatment:  Paulo Tozzi D.O., PT:  This research article is an excellent review article that discusses the neural-fascial basis behind chronic pain and joint dysfunction. The article also explains why fascia-based techniques like FCS are the key when it comes to diagnosing and treating of a myriad of medical conditions.

Structure and Distribution of an Unrecognized Interstitium in Human Tissues Petros C. Benia et al.:  This article discusses the newly discovered “interstitium” which is the micro-vascular system FCS practitioners drain of inflammation during a release. This recently verified vascular system can trap inflammation in all tissues, not just musculoskeletal tissues.  Its existence is why fascial tender points can occur subsequent to inflammation of organ, vessel, and bone tissue, and why FCS can impact every anatomical system in the human body.

Biotensegrity: A Unifying Theory of Biological Architecture With Applications to Osteopathic Practice, Education, and Research—A Review and Analysis Randel L. Swanson II, DO, PhD. This review article discusses the concepts of biotensegrity and mechanotransduction which are new scientific discoveries that prove how abnormal tissue tension (dysfunction) in the body can lead to disease.  Abnormal tissue tension impairs internal cell function and subsequently can have major health consequences if not corrected with mechanical therapies like FCS.                                                                   

A New Rationale and Treatment Model for Neuromuscular Tender Points: Brian Tuckey PT, Jay P. Shah MD, Hannah Tandon BA. This article, written by Mr. Tuckey, is a cited,FCS rationale paper and case study report.  The case study is of a patient who had chronic, calcified tendonitis who was successfully treated utilizing FCS.  The patient, prior to FCS therapy, had failed to respond to shoulder decompression surgery and weeks of post-operative physical therapy.  XRAY evidence of the calcific tendonitis resolving following FCS application is presented, in addition to a general history related to the development of FCS and the scientific rationale behind the technique.

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