Active Isolated Stretching

Flexibility and proper stretching play a crucial role in enhancing performance and rehabilitation as well as an important role in overall wellness. One of the more common types is a static stretch (holding the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds).  However, prolonged static stretches greater than 5 seconds actually decrease blood flow within the tissues creating localised ischemia (deficiency in blood supply to parts of the tissues) and lactic acid build up (causing cramp).  

ACTIVE ISOLATED STRETCHING is a newer approach to the traditional methods of stretching and was developed by Aaron L Mattes RKT LMT. Performing an active isolated stretch of no longer then 2 seconds allows the targeted muscle to optimally lengthen without triggering the stretch reflex.

How it works:

  1. Muscles are stretched individually and progressively to ensure optimal results.    
  2. Stretches are practiced gently for maximum safety and each stretch is of 1½ to 2 seconds duration. The client performs the movement with guidance and the therapist continues the motion, providing less than one pound of assistance.
  3. Each stretch is released before the muscle reacts to being stretched by going into its protective contraction-stretch reflex.
  4. Each stretch is repeated up to ten times.
  5. Appropriate stretches are demonstrated, client then repeats at home to maintain and improve flexibility and range of motion.

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