Therapeutic stretching massage offered by Creative Bodyworks and Orlando Massage is a very useful and effective technique we often incorporate into my treatments. Active isolated stretching (AIS) is one type of therapeutic stretching. AIS uses the bodies own reflexes to help your muscles lengthen and stretch. Each stretch is held for no more than two seconds while simultaneously contracting the opposing muscles to induce reciprocal inhibition/relaxation in the muscle being stretched. This restricts the muscle spindle/stretch reflex and helps the muscle to lengthen more easily. Another form of therapeutic stretching massage is post-isometric relaxation.
With post-isometric relaxation the muscle to be stretched is lightly contracted against resistance for about 7 seconds. Then the client relaxes while the massage therapist takes up the “slack” in muscle until a new resistance point is reached. Therapeutic stretching can be used as the primary treatment for those clients that aren’t able to tolerate more specific massage. Below are a few common examples addressed by therapeutic stretching massage and who would benefit..
- Muscular Dysfunction Such As Trigger Points
- Chronic Unspecified Back, Neck, Shoulder And Leg Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Restricted Range Of Motion
- Joint Pain Caused By Postural Distortions And Muscular Imbalances
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Including Wrist And Hand Pain
- Athletes, Dancers, Gymnasts, And Bodybuilders Recovering From Injuries.
- People With Painful Postural caused by Muscular Issues.
- Anyone Wanting To Improve Range Of Motion And Flexibility.
- Rehabilitation After Surgeries.
- Someone That Is Immobile And Needs To Retain Flexibility And Range Of Motion.