WHAT IS ACTIVE ISOLATED STRETCHING (AIS)?
WHAT IS ACTIVE ISOLATED STRETCHING?
The Active Isolated Stretching method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a type of stretching technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups. It provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes. The Aaron Mattes method of stretching uses active movement and reciprocal inhibition to achieve optimal flexibility. This ensures full range of motion and flexibility can be successfully achieved.
HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT THAN STATIC STRETCHING?
For years, experts have advocated that static stretching should be held up to 60 seconds. However, prolonged static stretching can decrease blood flow within the tissue creating localized ischemia. This can lead to irritation or injury similar to overuse injuries. Performing an Active Isolated Stretch of no longer than 2 seconds allows the target muscles to optimally lengthen without triggering the protective stretch reflex, which allows the muscle to achieve a state of relaxation.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN AIS BE USEFUL FOR?
AIS is a great method for improving flexibility. It is also especially useful for treating:
1. Hamstring strains and tears
2. Medical epicondylitis
3. Osgood-Schlatter’s disease
4. Shoulder impingement
and much more!
Our therapist, Joseph P has studied extensively under Aaron Mattes and is an expert in Active Isolated Stretching. Book a session with him today to experience this treatment!
LEARN MORE ABOUT AIS
Aaron Mattes method of AIS: http://www.stretchingusa.com