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What is Fascia?

Fascia is a type of connective tissue in the body that coats and protects almost all our internal structures, such as muscles, ligaments, arteries and nerves.

This protective layer of fascia can at times go into spasm and then cause significant pain, as well as restrictions in strength, range of motion, blood flow, digestion and more. Sadly, these restrictions often become chronic conditions people suffer from unnecessarily.


At Healing Hands Holistic Physical Therapy,  fascial spasm is identified and treated using the revolutionary manual technique of

Fascial Counterstrain (FCS).

How Does FCS Work?


FCS relieves the restrictions by gently gliding the fascia in the direction of ease along the affected structure, thereby removing the tension on the tissue and allowing it to restore to its original form. Because the technique moves in the direction of ease, it is completely painless. The results people experience are often immediate and long lasting, if not permanent. Most people experience relief in just 2 to 3 sessions, rather than a typical physical therapy prescription of once or twice a week for six weeks, or more. 

Below is a PARTIAL list of conditions treatable with FCS, if you do not see your condition listed please contact us to inquire.



















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Healing Hands Holistic Physical Therapy specializes in alleviating  conditions in a fraction of the time of traditional PT.

Most problems are resolved in just 2-3 sessions, with noticeable change already after the first session.

Healing Hands therapists work on the Fascia of the body, in addition to using conventional physical therapy tools, such as targeted strengthening and stretching exercises.

By also targeting the fascia, the root cause of problems can be identified and resolved quickly and painlessly. 











Fascial Counterstrain was developed in the 1980’s by renowned physical therapist and orthopedic clinical specialist Brian Tuckey based on Dr. Lawrence Jones’ strain/counterstrain technique for the alleviation of painful conditions in the musculature. FCS is currently being taught to physical therapists and other medical practitioners around the world through an exclusive certification program at the Jones Institute, based in Carlsbad, CA. FCS training requires an extensive mastery of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology, and is just being introduced in mainstream physical therapy programs. 


Dr. Shelley Cahn received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 2017 and is one of a handful of FCS practitioners in the New York Metropolitan area trained in the technique.

Healing Hands Holistic Physical Therapy has offices in Manhattan and New Paltz, New York. 



In my first session, Dr. Cahn took away stomach pain I thought I would have for the rest of my life.


Dr. Cahn cured my 10 year  chronic back pain after 2 sessions.

I had been to 3 other practitioners before her and nobody was able to help me. 


My HSS surgeon couldn't believe how quickly I was able to walk after my ACL surgery, and he's done 100's of them!



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