Active isolated stretching goes beyond regular stretching to release and strengthen the muscles. Our 30-minute active isolated stretching sessions can help patients improve their flexibility and experience less pain.
What Is Active Isolated Stretching?
Active isolated stretching is a method of stretching that hones in on specific muscle groups to deeply stretch the muscles and ligaments. In active isolated stretching, a band is used to isolate the muscle group being stretched and relax the rest of the body. This leads to a more intensive, beneficial stretch that can significantly improve your range of motion.
In active isolated stretching, you’ll only hold each stretch for a few seconds. With this type of stretching, you’ll be able to go a little further with each repetition, building up to your deepest possible stretch.
What Are the Benefits of Active Isolated Stretching?
Reach a Deeper Stretch
By allowing the muscles that aren’t being stretched to relax, active isolated stretching allows you to stretch further than you would with your body weight alone. Rather than straining to go deeper into a stretch with your body weight, an active stretch helps you relax into the position with each repetition.
Eliminate Scarring and Separate Fascia
Active isolated stretching helps to separate scarring and clear up adhesions that result from inflammation and injuries. This stretching method can also help unstick layers of fascia, restoring healthy muscle and tissue function. This benefit can speed up the recovery period for injured patients while lowering their risk for future injuries.
Boost Circulation and Oxygen Flow Throughout the Body
With active isolated stretching, we’re able to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to specific muscle groups, which speeds up the healing process. Increased circulation also helps flush out metabolic wastes, helping patients — especially athletes — feel less sore after intense exercise.
Who Can Benefit from Active Isolated Stretching?
Active isolated stretching is especially beneficial for patients:
- Recovering from injuries, namely:
- Muscle spasms
- Suffering from chronic conditions, including:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- In post-stroke recovery
- Experiencing discomfort in pregnancy
- Engaged in intense athletic activities or fitness training
We’ll determine specific active isolated stretches to target your chiropractic needs. Contact us today to learn more about our chiropractic offerings.