In the world of stretch therapy, there is a blend of various techniques, from manual assisted stretching, foam rolling and massage to myofascial release, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) and active range of motion movements. It’s not just about the passive stretches you might be familiar with; it’s a comprehensive approach to addressing physical challenges associated with tight muscles and restricted joints.

Stretch therapy is the scientific application of these techniques, precisely designed to prevent injuries and enhance performance. No longer just an afterthought when you have finished your typical gym routine, stretch therapy can support your goals for functional movement. Here’s why it deserves a dedicated spot in your fitness routine:

Discover the Science Behind Stretch Therapy

 

What is Stretch Therapy?

Standard Stretch therapy involves a curated blend of techniques, from traditional passive stretches to cutting-edge methods like myofascial release, PNF, and active stretching. It’s a scientific approach to treating physical issues related to muscle tightness and joint restrictions, offering a proactive way to prevent injuries and boost overall performance, while relaxing the muscles and the mind. 

Stretch 22’s 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.

 

The Assisted Stretch Therapy Advantage

While you may recognize some techniques, the key lies in the stretch technique and application. A little education goes a long way in effectively incorporating stretch therapy into your training program, elevating your fitness journey. Stretching on your own can release stiff and sore muscles, however, assisted stretching will take it to the next level by pushing you farther and deeper into each stretch. This will speed up muscle recovery and increase mobility and flexibility.

 

The Science Unveiled

 

Muscle, Tendon, and Fascia Flexibility

Each tissue – muscle, tendon, and fascia – contributes to your body’s flexibility. Stretch therapy stimulates receptors in your muscles, encouraging relaxation and elongation. Techniques such as massage and stretching enhance the long-term extensibility of tendons and fascia, contributing to improved range of motion. After an assisted stretching session, many report their muscles feeling relaxed and their body feeling longer. 

 

Short-Term vs. Long-Term Flexibility

Stretch therapy offers immediate benefits, enhancing your range of motion for the next training session. However, consistent practice is the key to ongoing improvements. By incorporating stretch therapy into your routine throughout week, you’ll notice lasting changes in connective tissue structures and resting muscle length, ensuring the flexibility gains you want.

 

Benefits of Stretch Therapy

Stretch therapy aims to address:

  • Muscle tightness
  • Joint imbalances
  • Tissue restrictions
  • Reducing aches, pains, and injury risks.

Over time, it enhances range of motion, leading to improved movement patterns. Whether you have a sedentary job or are an active athlete, repetitive movements can cause imbalances. Injuries, past or present, may alter movement patterns, which can compound the issue. Untreated imbalances affect movement quality, which can increase the risk of injury, ultimately causing pain.

Who is Stretch Therapy For?

Stretch therapy is effective for various groups, including older adults, athletes and those who work from a desk throughout the week. Research supports its efficacy in improving range of motion for older individuals and reducing injury risks for younger athletes. While individual responses vary, incorporating stretch therapy into your routine can enhance performance, reduce injury risks, and benefit overall well-being.

At our Assisted Stretching Lounge, we invite you to experience the benefits of Active Assisted Stretching. Join us in making flexibility an integral part of your fitness journey – your body deserves it.

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