Don’t let this picture be you. Have you tried stretching, but stopped because it didn’t help or it hurts? Have you noticed recurring injuries and limited range of motion? With an effective stretching program you should notice a difference and it shouldn’t be painful. Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is an effective form of stretching that encourages releases at both the deep and superficial fascial layers. This practitioner-assisted technique allows you to reach optimal flexibility with ease and without strain.

You might be asking “How does AIS work?” It uses four basic principles:

  1. Isolate the muscle to be stretched by actively contracting the opposite muscle.
  2. Repeat the stretch 8-10 times.
  3. Hold the stretch no more than 2 seconds.
  4. Exhale on the stretch, inhale on the release.

Seems pretty simple, right? So, why does it work? Contracting the opposite muscle sends a signal to the brain allowing the muscle being stretched to relax and lengthen. Then the repetition will increase blood, oxygen and nutrients to the muscle being stretched. Lastly, by holding the stretch for less than 2 seconds it prevents overstretching and the discomfort that many of you feel when stretching.

AIS will help both athletes and non-athletes become more agile and experience fewer injuries. A skilled therapist will help you stretch safely and at a level that is difficult to reach on your own. As you experience AIS you will notice many benefits including:

  • Increased joint mobility and flexibility
  • Improved posture
  • Increased blood circulation and decreased water retention
  • Increased energy levels through improved ease of movement and circulation

AIS can be used on a wide age range from kids to seniors. You may be wondering if AIS is right for you. Here are some of the people that can benefit from this form of stretching:

  • Clients with injuries such as shoulder or hip
  • Athletes who have chronic or recurring injuries, muscular imbalances
  • People with limited range of motion (ROM) in any area that is difficult to release with myofascial release (MFR)
  • People needing help recovering from activities

Are you ready to stretch with ease and without strain? Give us a call and let Dorothy help you reach your optimal flexibility.