Based on these initial evaluation findings your therapist will develop a program tailored to your goals with the inclusion of the appropriate stretching techniques.
In today’s busy world, we often neglect one of the most important lifestyle habits that keeps our body functioning at its best. Stretching offers many health benefits, including increases in: flexibility, release of endorphins, improved blood flow, and energy levels. Stretching also helps to reduce post-workout soreness, recovery time, and decreases risk of injury.
Stretching is a form of physical activity that involves deliberately stretching a muscle, tendon, and or connective tissue with the purpose of improving muscle elasticity, range of motion, and flexibility. Many different stretching techniques exist: several of the most common ones are ballistic, dynamic, static, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), and low load long duration stretching.
At Symmetry Physical Therapy, Downtown Miami, your therapist will conduct a detailed evaluation to assess where you have mobility and flexibility restrictions. Based on these initial evaluation findings your therapist will develop a program tailored to your goals with the inclusion of the appropriate stretching techniques. It is important to note that incorrectly stretching as well as choosing the incorrect method can be ineffective and even dangerous with the possibly of causing tears, hypermobility, instability, and damage to tendons and ligaments.
At Symmetry Physical Therapy our therapists are highly skilled and trained in a variety of stretching techniques to avoid any dangers and create an individually tailored program to help you achieve your goals.
Ballistic Stretching involves a rapid bouncing motion in which the momentum is used to stretch a muscle to maximum length. An example of this is repeatedly bouncing to touch your toes. Typically this stretching technique is not very useful and can be dangerous to muscle and connective tissue.
Dynamic Stretching involves stretching with motion and gradually varying the speed and distance of the movement. These movements are completed in a very slow and controlled manner. Common examples are leg swings, arm swings, and torso swings. These types of stretches are typically beneficial when included in a warm up routine.
Static stretching involves stretching the muscle until gentle tension is felt and then holding for a prescribed period of time usually around 30 seconds. This is what is typically considered when people discuss stretching.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is a type of stretch that involves hold relax and contract relax techniques to activate specific receptors in the muscles to decrease tension and improve muscle length.
Low Load Long Duration Stretching
Low load long duration stretching is a technique in which a gradual application of tension is added over time with the purpose of connective tissue remodeling and improved ROM.