Active Isolated Stretching
What is Active Isolated Stretching?
Active Isolated Stretching is a facilitated, stretching technique that uses active movement and reciprocal inhibition to achieve optimal flexibility. Holding the stretch for no longer than two seconds and with a sequence of repetitions allows
targeted muscle groups to optimally lengthen without activating contraction of opposing muscle groups, achieving optimal flexibility. The main barrier of joint flexibility is tightness of surrounding muscles and fascia. When tightness is released and flexibility is restored, results are improved blood and lymph circulation, increased oxygenation and nourishment of cells, removal of metabolic waste products and a more efficient nervous system. Benefits of AIS are reduced risk of muscle, tendon, ligament and joint injuries; rehabilitation of muscle, tendon and ligament injuries; reduced postural tightness (such as scoliosis, kyphosis and thoracic outlet syndrome); and optimization of muscle and tendon range of motion and enhancement of athletic performance. AIS is appropriate for anyone from athletes to individuals with muscular degenerative conditions.