Flexibility - cont'd

Of all the health related components listed on the last page, the one found to be most neglected is flexibility. Flexibility is an essential element that helps to maintain balance in a well-rounded fitness training program. Increasing flexibility improves the range of motion of your joints and is critical in both daily and athletic performance. Lack of it contributes to:

  • Improper biomechanics
  • Poor posture
  • Fatigue
  • Injuries
  • Pain
  • Stress

Flexibility is fundamental to virtually all physical movement. It is just as important as aerobic and muscular fitness and the key to maintaining optimal functional fitness and therefore quality of life. A “healthy” balance between these three components is what needs to be achieved so that the human body is given the best opportunity to function properly.

In its purest form, flexibility or joint range of motion (ROM) is defined as the ability to move your body’s joints and articulations through their full range of motion, pain free. Everyone needs a degree of flexibility to be able to cope with their daily lives and activities. Human movement is especially enjoyable and rewarding when the body is flexible and capable of free and easy mobility without restriction.

For years, many experts have advocated that stretches should last up to 60 seconds or more. This prolonged static stretching technique was the gold standard for years. However, prolonged static stretching actually decreases the blood flow within the tissue creating localized ischemia and lactic acid buildup. This can potentially cause irritation or injury of local muscular, tendinous, lymphatic, as well as neural tissues, similar to the effects and consequences of trauma and overuse syndromes.

Today, there is a new type of stretching exercise that is used to promote physical fitness and athletic performance by stretching the muscles and improving flexibility, strength, and coordination. This program differs from conventional stretching exercises in that the techniques used:

  • stretch the muscles when they are fully relaxed
  • isolates specific muscles
  • stretches are done in slow rhythmic sequences
  • stretches are held for 1.5 to 2 seconds and released and then repeated for up to 10 repetitions

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Alive Aware & Well – A Wellness Enterprise offers massage and bodywork therapy and Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening (The Mattes Methods). Our goal is to apply our knowledge and skills in massage & bodywork therapy and physical fitness to assist patients/clients to release chronic tension and pain in their muscles, improve their circulation, increase their level of functional fitness and reduce mental and physical fatigue. We strive to give our clients the best therapy to suit their individual needs. Treatment plans are developed in cooperation with you and your referring health care provider.

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