OFT is an essential component of preparing tissues and joints for optimal motion. Developed by my mentor Ian “OD” O’Dwyer from Australia, OFT delivers fluids to anchor points of connective tissue - the skin, fascia and bony connective tissue. Check out all the unique ways we can “Rub and Scrub” as a smart strategy to enhance movement for all.
Osteo fascial technique is a massage therapy treatment that uses pressure and friction to drive fluids to key bony landmarks. It was created by Ian O'Dwyer, who is a mentor of mine.
Osteo fascial technique is a massage technique that uses a foam roller to create friction and heat on prominent joints and connective tissue. This helps to liberate motion in the joint, it is a simple technique that someone can do for themselves.
Osteo fascial technique helps improve muscle tension by improving circulation to the tissue, allowing the nervous system to send messages back to relax the muscle and create more balance in the tissue.
Osteo fascial technique is a quick and effective strategy for improving knee joint mobility. To practice it, stand up and do a few squats, then use your hands to apply pressure to the knee joint, focusing on the tubercle, sides and patella. Once you start feeling some heat, try the squat again and you should be able to move further with better quality of motion.
Osteo fascial technique should be practiced as part of a daily routine to prepare for physical activity. This can include foam rolling, pinning the front of the hip onto the foam roller and slowly dragging over bony spots. Mobilizers, which are slow and subtle stretches, can also be done after being stagnant for 8 hours or so. Fascial techniques such as scrubbing the ASI (anterior superior iliac spine) can also be done, followed by immobilizers. All of these techniques should be done before any movement/training session.
To prepare for an Osteo fascial technique session, use a foam roller and your hands to give a slow scrub around the bones of the body. This will create pressure and friction to drive water to the tissue and help with local circulation.
I recently introduced Osteo fascial technique to a young soccer player in Spokane Washington who was experiencing low back pain due to an avulsion fracture. We did a virtual call, and I taught him some strategies to help balance out his pelvis and reduce the stress going through the lumbosacral area. He has not had any back pain since, which is a testament to the effectiveness of Osteo fascial technique.