what is isolation stretching?

Active Isolation Stretching (AIS) is a method that strengthens and lengthens muscle tissues which provides both physiological and functional restoration of both deep and superficial fascial planes. It is an athletic stretching technique that provides dynamic, effective, and facilitated stretching of majority muscle groups. As the isolated muscle achieve its state of relaxation, it avoids triggering the protective stretch reflex and its subsequent reciprocal muscle contraction while allowing the target muscles to lengthen optimally. The main aim of Active Isolation Stretching is to stave off injury as well as increase your range of motion.

how does isolation stretching work?

Expect a physical assessment before our sports physician proceeds to prescribe you with a tailored regime of Active Isolation Stretching that can help you loosen your muscles. Exercises are aimed to either relax or contract your muscles, and each set of exercise will require you to hold the stretch for a second or two with a rope (as compared to traditional stretching where you hold stretches for 10 to 30 seconds) before you repeat the movement for about 10 to 15 times. You should be able to increase your range of motion with every additional set. The repetitive exercises allow your mind to be conditioned, rapidly improving your flexibility and range of movement.

why should i do isolation stretching?

Despite the simple exercises and short stretches that you are expected to hold, AIS techniques benefit you in more ways than you have expected. Here are a few examples:

  • Body detoxification
  • Increased in isolated flexibility
  • Realignment of the body
  • Improved feeling of well being
  • Better awareness of your body
  • Restoration of full range of movement
  • Aids in injury and wound healing
  • Improve blood flow and circulation to speed recovery between workouts
  • Enhanced immune system

Active Isolation Stretching is also found to be effective in treating the following conditions:

  • Shoulder impingement
  • Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Hamstrings (Strain/Tear)

Ready to Experience Active Isolation Stretching with Our Experts at TAP?

Our experts who are specialized in AIS will guide you along as you engage in the simple stretching exercises with the help of a rope. We will also advise you on certain precautions and proper workout tips so that you will perform Active Isolation Stretching in the most effective manner. A unique and individualized stretching regime will be drawn up especially for you, focusing on the area that requires stretching and strengthening. Through an AIS session, you will be able to see yourself working beyond your preconceived notion about your flexibility.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our sports physicians, and let us address your problems. Your pain-free lifestyle can become a reality with us at TAP!