Stretch Therapy

  • Releases Muscular Aches
  • Alleviates Pain
  • Releases Fascia Restrictions
  • Circulates Blood Flow
  • Targets Localized Muscles
  • Improves Range of Motion
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Stretch Therapy

  • Releases Muscular Aches
  • Alleviates Pain
  • Releases Fascia Restrictions
  • Circulates Blood Flow
  • Targets Localized Muscles
  • Improves Range of Motion

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What is Stretch Therapy?

Stretch therapy has been around for a long time but it is now in vogue here in the PNW and around the world for good reason.

With so many different options, stretch therapy can be modified to help circulate blood and oxygen to targeted localized muscle, helping you to move and perform better. 

Depending on our client’s individual needs and sometimes after a posture analysis, a treatment plan can be created. Choose to enjoy an entire stretch therapy session or add it as an additional service. 

How is Stretch Therapy performed?

Active and Isolated Stretching (AIS): This is where 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 in a stretch and hold it for so long at the appropriate level range of motion. At this point, the client will relax back out of the stretch. The process may be repeated several times to achieve the desired range of motion.

Post- Isometric Muscle Relaxation (PMR or PMI): The client will contract their muscle on their own to the maximum range of motion, and then the practitioner will then ask the client to resist their pressure. The practitioner may assist the client in the contraction during the therapy session.

Reciprocal Inhibition: The practitioner will contract the client’s muscle and apply therapy to it while taking it out of contraction. This movement will cause the opposing muscle to activate and facilitate relief to the muscle in pain.

Pin & Stretch: Like Reciprocal Inhibition, except for the pressure applied is static, or a stripping effect can be used.

Why is Stretch Therapy right for me?

If you have ever experienced aches and pain from muscle tightness, you have to try stretch therapy.

Stretching by yourself is great but can put you at risk for tears from overstretching.

Our therapists perform 5 different stretching techniques to customize a plan that will have you feeling like you just left the best yoga class of your life!

However, there are some situations where we do not recommend Stretch Therapy. For instance, if a client is already experiencing pain from overstretching, if the muscle is under functioning and if it’s a muscles you should not stretch like the hamstring.

To read more about why stretch therapy is so beneficial check out this article from The International Journal of Sports.

READ MORE: Muscle stretching research for exercise and rehabilitation 

Are you ready to start Stretch Therapy?

Pain to Performance is ready to help you feel better fast. All you need to do is call or click to book a session. Don’t wait to feel better, start today!

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