AIS (Active Isolated Stretching)
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. This is part of the basic principle of Active Isolated Stretching.
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. Stretching relaxed muscle tissues allows for a deeper and safer stretch. We stretch the muscle to its natural barrier and then through the barrier but only for 2 seconds so as not to trigger the stretch reflex. By stretching through the natural barrier, we are able to stretch the elastic connective tissue such as the tendons, the fascia and the muscle tissue itself, thus achieving maximum mobility in each joint.
Active Isolated Stretching achieves maximum range and mobility in muscle, connective tissue and joints, thus achieving optimum performance with no adverse effects. At Active Stretch, our success has been based on outstanding results from an improved mobility and more aligned structure.
So come and try it for yourself and feel the benefits.
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 is it 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 plays 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.