Stretch Therapy is extremely popular now. Feel like you could use some stretch therapy to release muscular aches, pains, adhesions, fascia restrictions and all over general body tightness? Add as a stand alone stretch therapy service and you will receive a full body stretching session that will leave you feeling like you just took a lazy yoga class. Stretch Therapy can also be added to any massage service. Only thing we need is a little extra time.
Stretch therapy at appropriate times is beneficial, by circulating blood and oxygen to the targeted localized muscle. There are times that stretching is not appropriate, we don’t want to create excessive micro tears in the muscle or stretch already over stretch muscles.
If necessary, we may also make a determination for stretch therapy with a posture analysis assessment or through muscle testing. At that time we can see if your muscles are both hypotonic and over stretched which in that case loosening, strengthening and toning is needed, or if they are hyper-tonic which means they are shortened and compressed and loosening and stretching is needed. Either way in both cases your muscles can still be very tight, even the over stretched ones.
Types of Stretch Therapy
Active and Isolated Stretching (AIS): This is were the practitioner will gently assist the client’s localized muscle into a stretch and does not go beyond a comfortable range of motion. This prevents possible tears and injuries. The stretch is active and no holding is done.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)/Contract & Relax (CR): The Practitioner will assist the client’s muscle into a stretch and hold it for so long at the appropriate level of range of motion. At this point the client will relax back out of the stretch. The process may be repeated a number of times to achieve the desired range of motion.
Post- Isometric Muscle Relaxation ( PMR or PMI): Client will contract their muscle on their own to maximum range of motion and then the practitioner will then ask the client to resist against their pressure. Practitioner may assist client into the contraction during the therapy session.
Reciprocal Inhibition: The practitioner will contract the client’s muscle that is in pain and apply therapy to it while taking it out of contraction. This will cause the opposing muscle through movement to activate and facilitate relief to the muscle in pain.
Pin & Stretch: Similar to Reciprocal Inhibition accept for the pressure applied is static or a stripping effect can be used.