Active Isolated Stretching uses distinctive methods to lengthen muscles while promoting blood and lymphatic circulation, improving the range of motion, strength, and joint flexibility. Unlike static stretching, active isolated stretching is a series of brief controlled stretches (two seconds each) repeated over some time.
Our chiropractor at Absolute Balance Chiropractic in Davenport, IA, can customize stretching exercises for injury rehabilitation or to help you prepare for an activity. Read on to learn the benefits of active isolated stretching.
Active isolated stretching puts your muscles at work by contracting the opposite force and stretching the target muscle. Performing exercises before activity helps reduce muscle imbalances, and targeting specific muscles can reduce pain and enhance proper alignment, resulting in better posture.
Increased Circulation and Lymphatic Flow
Active isolated stretching promotes blood movement through the muscles and cells. Contracting the opposite muscle while stretching the target muscle helps pump blood and lymphatic fluids through the vessels to supply nutrients and oxygen. In addition, this contraction removes wasted products and toxins from the body.
Stretching relieves tension from muscles, joints, and connective tissues, resulting in proper flow. The National Institute of Health Journal suggests active isolated stretching enhances blood flow to skeletal muscles during exercise and can improve blood flow and function in older adults.
Flexibility and Range of Motion
Active isolated stretching improves flexibility and quality of life by making it easy to perform daily activities. As you age, joints become stiff, and movements are limited. Several people avoid activities that bring joy due to fear of experiencing pain and muscle injuries. This stretching improves mobility in older adults by easing tight joints, increasing the range of motion, and reducing the risk of injury.
We all experience stress daily from our work environments, relationship conflicts, and natural tragedies, including lost loved ones. Stress can cause muscle tension, affecting the brain, nervous system and sleep quality. This method reduces muscle tension and pressure on the brain and nervous system. It causes the release of endorphins, hormones responsible for relieving pain, reducing stress, and improving well-being.
Improved Sports Performance
Performing active isolated stretching before a sport helps prepare the muscles for activity. It helps lengthen the muscles, resulting in relaxation, improved mobility, and maximizing muscle engagement. Active isolated stretching improves blood circulation, increasing muscle oxygen and nutrient supply for better strength and performance.
Absolute Balance Chiropractic and Professional Guided Exercises
Active isolated stretching can improve posture, blood, and lymphatic circulation. It can increase sports performance by increasing flexibility and range of motion and relieving stress. Absolute Balance Chiropractic has a Davenport, IA, team ready to tailor active isolated stretching exercises for your needs. Contact us at (563) 332-6036 for any inquiries and to book an appointment.