Do you stretch regularly? Stretching is a crucial component of any fitness routine, but many people overlook the benefits of assisted stretching. Unlike traditional stretching, assisted stretching involves a professional guiding you through a series of stretches, which can enhance flexibility, improve muscle recovery, and prevent injuries. If you’re new to the concept, this guide will introduce you to the basics of assisted stretching and explain how it can help alleviate muscle tension, provide pain relief, and support injury prevention. 

What is Assisted Stretching?

Assisted stretching is a technique where a trained professional helps you stretch out your muscles to achieve a deeper stretch than you can on your own. This can involve holding your limbs in certain positions, applying pressure to specific muscles, dynamic movements, or using specialized equipment. The goal is to help you achieve a deeper stretch than you might be able to on your own, improving your overall flexibility and range of motion, and educating you on muscle recovery for your specific needs. 

What are the Benefits of Assisted Stretching?

  • Muscle Tension Relief: Muscle tension can result from various factors, including poor posture, stress, sitting at a desk for long periods of time, and intense physical activity. Assisted stretching targets tight muscles, helping to release built-up tension and improve circulation. Assisted stretching can provide targeted relief by addressing muscle imbalances and tightness that contribute to pain. Regular stretch sessions can help alleviate discomfort, promoting a sense of well-being and relaxation.
  • Muscle Recovery: After intense exercise, muscles need time to recover and repair. Assisted stretching accelerates this process by improving blood flow to the muscles and reducing soreness. This can be particularly beneficial for athletes or anyone engaged in regular physical activity, as it helps maintain peak performance levels.
  • Injury Prevention: One of the key benefits of assisted stretching is its role in injury prevention. By increasing flexibility and range of motion, assisted stretching helps ensure that your muscles and joints are prepared for the demands of physical activity. This reduces the risk of strains, sprains, and other common injuries.

What are the Different Stretch Methods Involved in Stretch Therapy?

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF):

PNF stretching involves both stretching and contracting the muscle group being targeted. A typical PNF stretch involves a stretchologist stretching your hamstring while you simultaneously resist the movement. This technique is known for significantly increasing flexibility and range of motion. Through our trademark VibraStretch, our Stretchologists can help you to gain approximately 3-5 inches deeper into a stretch. 

Active Stretching:

In active stretching, you engage your muscles while a professional assists with the stretch. For example, you might actively raise your leg while a partner helps to hold it in position. This method is effective for improving muscle strength and flexibility simultaneously.

Static Stretching:

Static stretching involves holding a stretch for a prolonged period, usually between 15 and 60 seconds. Assisted static stretching allows you to relax completely while the professional holds your limb in place, helping you achieve a deeper and more effective stretch.

Stretch 22’s Vibrastretch™:

Our trademark VibraStretch incorporates a variety of stretching methods to help you achieve a deep stretch and walk out feeling your best!

VibraStretch is a series of assisted active stretches, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), and cutting-edge VibraCussor technology that provides a superior foundation in the essentials for health and wellness. Our focal vibration therapy allows us to painlessly release stubborn, local fascial tightness. The VibraCussor instrument’s gentle stimulating action paired with PNF increases blood supply to various areas of the body and increases the firing of mechanoreceptors within the involved muscle and connective tissue thus eradicating nerve interference and pain.

Getting Started with Assisted Stretching

  1. Find a Qualified Professional: It’s important to work with a trained professional who understands the proper techniques and can tailor the stretches to your specific needs. Every body is different, so you need a stretch specialist who tailors the stretch session to your needs.
  2. Communicate Your Needs: Be sure to communicate any specific areas of tension, pain, or previous injuries to your Stretchologist. This information helps us to customize the stretch session to best address your concerns and keep you safe and pain free. Your Stretchologist will check in with you throughout your stretch to ensure you are feeling a good stretch without pain. 
  3. Stay Consistent: Like any fitness routine, consistency is key to seeing results. Regular assisted stretching sessions can help maintain flexibility, reduce muscle tension, and prevent injuries over time.
  4. Pair with Other Fitness Activities: Assisted stretching works best when integrated into a comprehensive fitness routine that includes other forms of activity. Our clients range from office workers to fitness instructors, and everyone in between. Having a fitness routine, big or small, can drastically improve your quality of life. This could look like hopping on the treadmill in between meetings, lifting weights, or signing up for a spin class! Find movement that you enjoy!

Conclusion

Assisted stretching offers numerous benefits for individuals of all fitness levels. Whether you’re looking to relieve muscle tension, support muscle recovery, or prevent injuries, incorporating assisted stretching into your routine can help you achieve your goals and feel better in your body. Start by finding a qualified professional, communicate your needs, and stay consistent with your sessions. With time and dedication, you’ll experience the enhanced flexibility and overall well-being that assisted stretching provides.

Looking to get started at Stretch 22? Book an appointment with one of our expert Stretchologists!

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