Active Isolated Stretching® (AIS)
AIS, created by stretching and physical rehabilitation guru Aaron Mattes is a method of stretching used by therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers and professionals. Mr. Mattes has rehabilitated thousands of subjects including famous politicians, entertainers, and hundreds of Olympic and professional athletes. While this stretching work is most often used by athletes, the treatments can be given to everyone to provide muscle optimization.
The technique involves holding each stretch for about two seconds resulting in improved circulation and increased elasticity of muscles, joints, and fascia. It is a method of muscle lengthening and fascia release that provides effective, dynamic stretching of major muscle group. It works with the body’s natural physiological make-up which allows the body to repair itself and to prepare for daily activity. This is exactly what we want from a great stretching program.
It’s worth nothing that over the past few decades, some experts have advocated that stretching should last up to 60 seconds. This prolonged static stretching actually increases the risk of trauma to the muscles, tendons as well as lymphatic and neural tissues. Prolonged stretching will decrease blood flow. This causes lactic acid build up which leads to irritation and injury.
In contrast, AIS “The Aaron Mattes Method” works, which is why it is the primary stretching therapy I use for my clients. These stretches provide maximum benefit and can be accomplished without opposing tension or resulting trauma. Some of the conditions AIS treats include hamstring tears/strains, shoulder impingement and golfer’s elbow. Please contact me about your condition and how AIS can help!
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