I believe that most of our pain is due to poor posture, tightened and weak muscles that do not allow for full joint range of motion. AIS can and does help to solve these issues. Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) was created over 40 years ago by world renowned kinesiologist Aaron L Mattes and has been used to help professional athletes and regular folks worldwide. AIS is based on Sherrington's law of reciprocal inhibition that states when an agonist muscle is contracted it's antagonist muscle must relax. This law holds true for all of the approximately 320 pairs of muscles in the human body. It is within this framework that AIS sets itself apart from other stretching methods we have been taught over the years. As the client actively contracts an agonist muscle, the therapist assists in stretching the antagonist muscle for a much deeper and effective stretch. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
When you schedule a stretching session you will be required to fill out a brief health history and sign the required informed consent forms. The therapist will then bring you back to a private room where they will review the health history form and discuss and areas of emphasis and other goals you may have for the session. You are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes as you will be moving around on the table during the session going through the various stretches. You will then be allowed a few minutes in private to change into your clothes if needed. The session will generally go through an entire protocol for an area if needed i.e shoulders, hips unless you just want a full body stretch. Since AIS is an "active" stretch, you will be required to participate in moving your joints and limbs to help facilitate the stretch. If you are unable to facilitate the stretch due to injury or other ailment we can make necessary adjustments. Come on in and prepare to move freely as the body was intended to.
The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.
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