What is Structural Integration (SI)?
Structural Integration is a relatively recent type of physical therapy that specifically focuses on the connective tissue or fascia of the body. Our fascia is a complex continuous matrix of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, organs, and nerves, binding some structures together while at the same time allowing others to glide smoothly over each other.
Structural Integration seeks to align and balance the body by lengthening and re-positioning the fascia. As our fascia is lengthened it allows the muscles to move more efficiently. During structural integration therapy gentle pressure is applied to the body, working the entire fascial system is a systematic way. Sometimes during treatment the client will be instructed to move gently and slowly in certain directions to achieve optimal results. When restricted fascia is released and lengthened the body can return to its structurally optimal position.
Much of my clinic practice focuses on structural integration and I am currently studying toward a MSc in Sports and Exercise Science with Human Performance as one of my main areas of interest. As part of both my clinical practice and Masters study I am looking at how our fascia affects the way we move, our well-being and our performance. I am also interested is how we are able work with our fascia to achieve our optimal performance. In clinic I use structural integration to address various connective tissue imbalances, whether it is working with clients who have recently underwent joint replacement surgery, recovering from an injury which has resulted in a change to their tissue structure, or working with athletes to achieve their optimal physical performance capability.