Have you ever wished that you could perform at a much higher level without experiencing pain and soreness all over your body?
Stretch Therapy can help to extend any part of your body to its full maximum length, making the muscle longer and relaxed. It is now possible to achieve higher functional level without all the pain!
Different Types of Stretching
1) Static Stretching: a type of stretching exercises in which elongation of muscle with application of low force and long duration. It is safe, gentle stretching suitable for all patient types.
2) Dynamic Stretching: involves the performance of a controlled movement through the available joint range of movement. It involves progressively increasing the range through successive movements till the end of the range is reached ie the stretch is repetitive and progressive.
3) Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Stretching: rely on stretching a muscle to its limit. This triggers the inverse myotatic reflex, a protective reflex that calms the muscle to prevent injury
4) Ballistic stretching includes rapid, alternating movements or ‘bouncing’ at end-range of motion; however, because of increased risk for injury, ballistic stretching is not recommended for some people.
5) Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is an active assisted stretch exercises done by our therapist, ensuring you are improving your flexibility in a safe and most beneficial way.
Fascia is a soft connective tissue located just below the skin. It wraps and connects the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body. Together, muscle and fascia make up what is called the myofascial system.
Benefits of Stretch Therapy:
– Reduce muscle tension and soreness
– Increase balance and symmetry of the body, proper alignment of joints and posture
– Increases the level of relaxation.
– Increases the good endorphins that acts as natural pain suppressants
– Reduces the pain levels during stretching.
– Releases adhesions in the joint capsule and other connective tissue.
– Promote development of body awareness.
– Allows for maximal lengthening of all the connective tissues from deep inside the joint capsule, ligaments, tendons, muscle tissue and all the connective tissue throughout the body.
– Reduce risk of injury
Who Needs Stretch Therapy?
Everyone! One of the most ignored aspects of aging, busy working lifestyle and athletic performance is the loss of flexibility in our joints, muscles and fascia. This process starts well before one reaches middle age. As we begin to lose flexibility our joints deteriorate, posture sags, physical appearance changes, muscular imbalances develop and we become more prone to pain and injury from simple actions. Daily aches, pains and fatigue that seem to have no obvious cause are likely the result of prolonged and accumulated restrictions in our fascial, muscle, joint system. When the issue is compounded by potentially detrimental lifestyles (either too little or too much activity), increased stress or poor hydration and nutrition, the loss in flexibility accounts for an even more rapid acceleration of the aging process.
Our therapist specialising in stretch therapy will customize each stretch depending on client’s needs and preferences. We can work on problem areas or target certain muscles for various physical activities or sports.