Impacts of fasciatherapy on the development of perceptual and relational abilities on a sample of physiotherapists.

Courraud C, Lieutaud A, Bois D. Poster ICEPS congress 2019 – NPI (Non-Pharmacological Interventions) within integrative, préventive, complementary and personalized medicine. March 28-30 2019 – Montpellier (France)




The qualities of therapeutic relationships (tissue listening, attention, empathy) and the treatment modalities (type of touch and patient management) are essential aspects of the therapy. Fasciatherapy is an original manual therapy which develops the perceptual and relational dimensions of touch.

A survey of 446 physiotherapists trained in fasciatherapy enabled an assessment of its impacts on:

  • progress in touch and relational abilities (structured ranking)
  • improvement of professional skills (therapeutic efficiency, relationship with patient, educational skills) and the fields of patient care (pain, suffering, acute and chronic pathologies, living conditions) (Using Likert scale 1 to 4 from « did not improve » to « greatly improved »)
  • 238 surveys were analyzed.
  • The sample was mainly female (n=154, 65%) and the age range 30/44 y.o (n=105, 44%).

The most enhanced touch dimension was depth (n=98, 41,2%), ahead of listening and presence skills (n=37, 15,5%). Presence (n=70, 29,4%), listening (n=39, 16,4%) and attention (n=35, 14,7%) are respectively considered the most improved ways of relating with the patient.

All professional skills distinctly improved (more than 80% answered signifiant improvement to great improvement) alongside with the different fields of patient care, especially physical pain (n=228 ,95,8%) well being and living conditions (n=217, 91,2%).

The survey confirms that the development of perceptual and relational arts of touch are a means of improving clinical results.


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