Advanced Stretching

Advanced StretchingThere are lots of opinions and theories now available both supporting and disputing the effects of stretching and whether it actually has any material effect on the muscle and soft tissue fibres it targets.

Sarah loves to hear of research and studies being carried out to prove or disprove theories that, in some cases, have been around for many years. Why? Because she believes it is good to regularly question both scientific and anecdotal evidence in light of new or fresh biological, anatomical and medical information so we may develop our learning of how the human body really works.

Human beings are designed to move. Therefore all humans need to have at least some level of mobility and strength. Movement occurs at joints and muscles provide the movement. Muscles must be strong enough to create the desired movement and joints need to be both mobile and stable enough to cope with the movements. When muscles are tight joints and other soft tissue can be painful, movement can decrease and injury can subsequently occur. Clients can benefit from stretching techniques that improve function, restore mobility and increase joint movements.

Sarah states: “I am definitely an advocate for stretching as it eases any pain or discomfort I may feel from time to time, increases my ability in performance and just feels great! Plus my clients love it too.”

“The other reason I believe in its efficacy is drawn from the animal kingdom. I watch my dog stretch every morning when he first gets up, prior to going out for his walk, after returning from his walk / run and when rising from any period of rest. No one tells him to stretch and no scientist tells him he shouldn’t he just does it instinctively. If you think of animals in the wild if they get injured then the chances are they will perish at the jaws of another so it is in their genetic makeup to keep fit and healthy and if this includes stretching to keep their muscles in optimum condition and ready for action then that’s good enough for me!”

Sarah uses three types of stretching with her clients depending on their physical abilities and what they are looking to achieve i.e. lengthening, strengthening or performance enhancement. These are:

  1. Passive
  2. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  3. Active isolated


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