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Stretching & Massage

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)

The body’s skeletal musculature is built in such a way, that each muscle has an opposing pair. When movement occurs, one muscle of the pair contracts whilst the other one relaxes. When we want to stretch a muscle using AIS we contract the opposing muscle to make sure that the muscle to be stretched is relaxed. This forms the basic principle of AIS. Stretching relaxed muscle tissues allows for a deeper and safer stretch. AIS achieves maximum range and mobility in muscle, connective tissue, and joints, thus achieving optimum performance with no adverse effects.

Sport Specific Stretches

How long do I hold a stretch? Should I stretch in the morning or at night? How many times per day do I stretch? Should I foam roll? Should I use a spikey ball or a peanut for self-massage? These are some of the questions we are often asked. The answer truly depends on what you are trying to achieve. Daily or regular stretching plus self-massage and release work is a very important part of any sports regimen. Improved performance comes from being fully prepared and being flexible from stretching and self-massage/releases play a very large part in this preparation. If you require advice on time, best stretches, or techniques to prepare you, then our physiotherapists can design a sport-specific stretching program for you.

Deep Tissue and Sports Massage

Whether for a specific injury or for the recovery phase of your training for tired and tight muscles, PhysioCentral can provide massage to suit your needs. Recovery is essential to any training regimen. Massage and stretching are a huge part of this recovery process. Many injuries occur when recovery is not taken seriously. So even if you don’t have a specific injury but you are training hard or working hard, let our highly trained massage therapists help. We can tailor your massage sessions to your needs and add stretches and postural or training advice to complete the recovery process.