Stretch Therapy helps to develop Flexibility and Strength
Flexibility and strength are critical in life for all of us, during all stages of life and not only for athletes, professional and recreational, but also for different types of workplaces, adolescents and pregnant women as well, with flexibility being arguably the most important.
In many cases lack of flexibility is the primary reason for the muscular injuries that affect athletes in all sports.
What is Stretch Therapy?
Stretch therapy or assisted stretch therapy is a treatment that involves deep stretching which aims to remove restrictions, improve posture and improve physical function, while at the same time it helps to increase body awareness and relaxation.
Stretch Therapy involves various techniques including pulsing, long holds in specific positions and directed breathing.
Is Stretch Therapy Effective?
Stretch therapy is an effective, gentle and safe method of bodywork. Muscles are effectively stretched and trained through all their ranges of movement, which improves flexibility, mobility and strength in those ranges , so that you can feel better and perform better in all aspects of your life.
What is Stretching?
Stretching is commonly linked to flexibility and range of motion. Flexibility refers to the intrinsic properties of body tissues that determine maximal joint range of motion without causing injury. We stretch to improve flexibility and in doing so we believe it improves our overall physical fitness. Range of motion (ROM) refers to the distance and direction a joint can move between the flexed position and the extended position. The better the flexibility the better the ROM, within the confines of the joints maximal limitations.
Reasons why we believe Stretching is Important:
> Warm up and injury prevention
> Prevention and treatment of muscle soreness
> Treatment of sports injuries and chronic pain
> Athletic performance
Why should you see a Stretch Therapist?
It is widely known that we need to stretch to reduce the risk of injury as well as rehabilitate following injury, encourage weight loss, reduce stress, improve posture, decrease times between training sessions and even increase muscle bulk in weight lifting.
A stretch therapist knows which stretch positions are best for particular parts of the body, what kind of stretch method should be applied to maximise a particular desired outcome and how often stretching should be done.