Pro athletes and sports superstars share one thing in common – optimal flexibility. However, each training session creates tightening of the muscles and often adhesions in connective tissue. Even non-athletes develop tightness and dry joints from lack of movement. And for athletes, it’s imperative to have maximal flexibility, both to prevent injury but also to perform optimally.
Despite our best intentions and efforts people often either don’t create the time to stretch on a regular basis, they may not know how to target their stretches to focus on the offending muscles or joints, and they may not know how hard or long to hold those stretches. Assisted stretching can be very beneficial for post-workout soreness (called DOMS, or delayed onset muscle soreness) in the 24-48 hours after a hard workout or game.
The solution to these problems is to have a professional use sports stretching techniques (like Active Isolated Stretching) to enhance recovery after hard workouts or games. Flexibility is possibly the most important factor in the longevity of an athlete and is a key in the prevention and recovery of sports injuries. For athletes, flexibility and proper stretching play a very important role for enhancing performance, rehabilitation, and wellness.
Individuals can maintain a healthier homeostatic, pain-free state, and enjoy a better quality of lifestyle through restoring flexibility through proper stretching, especially when it’s assisted stretching. Our half-hour or full hour stretch sessions are the same as athletes get in the training room and are conducted by a kinesiologist.
Who can Benefit?
AIS stretchingwas originally developed athletes and is one of the stretching techniques now being used in professional sports. But non-athletes can also benefit. Whether you are training for a fun-run, marathon, if you are a weekend warrior or are an office worker who just has poor posture and too much stress, AIS can be a great benefit. You just have to try one session to see the amazing results!
What can I expect in a treatment?
You will need to wear work-out clothes. While you are lying on the table, the therapist will move your body and limbs into various positions of stretch. You will be guided through a sequence of cued breathing while contracting and relaxing your muscles as the therapist gently increases the stretch. This coupled with the breathing patterns and low strength output enhances the effectiveness of the stretches and actions of the therapist creating greater flexibility than you might achieve on your own.