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How Assisted Stretching Can Benefit You in 2023


Assisted stretching by a therapist and patient of Inspine Therapy

Assisted stretching is a form of passive stretching that uses an outside force to stretch your muscles. It is also known in the physical therapy space as proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation or PNF stretching.


Assisted stretching involves a trained practitioner stretching your body for you, generally at a dedicated facility. The stretches are done both manually and using specialty equipment. Stretching programs are tailored to individuals and their goals, and may involve weekly visits for a month or two.


Assisted stretching has numerous benefits such as increasing your flexibility, blood circulation and range of motion. It also helps decrease pain and stiffness, and it lowers your risk of injury. Stretching is even touted as a way to lower your stress levels, improve your sleep and boost your energy.


Though it’s possible to perform assisted stretching at home, it is recommended that you have a partner help you stretch to prevent injury and lead to an increased range of motion. You can use a towel, fitness strap or in the case of assisted stretching, you can use a partner.


Here are some of the most common problems that can be treat with assisted stretching:


  • Strength and posture- Assisted stretching can greatly improve strength and posture especially for those who maintain a specific position in their profession.

  • Deteriorating athletic performance- Many athletes can benefit from assisted stretching by speeding up their healing period from injuries that can hinder them from performing at their best.


  • Slow recovery time- Some injuries may take some time to heal. However, assisted stretching can be highly beneficial in terms of strengthening the muscles and therefore speed up the overall recovery period.




How is Assisted Stretching Different From Chiropractic Care?


Assisted stretching is different from chiropractic therapy. Assisted stretching is a form of passive stretching that uses an outside force to stretch your muscles. You can use a towel, fitness strap or in the case of assisted stretching, you can use a partner.


Chiropractic care focuses on pain relief and alignment of the spine. Chiropractors perform manipulations and adjustments to help your body heal itself. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.





Ki-Hara Method with a therapist and a patient from Inspine Therapy using a resistance ball

The Ki-Hara Method


Assisted stretching techniques vary depending on the individual and their goals. Some common assisted stretching techniques include the Ki-Hara method of resistance stretching and the Kika method, based on a dancer’s approach to assisted stretching. The stretches are done both manually and using specialty equipment.


Stretching programs are tailored to individuals and their goals, and may involve weekly visits for a month or two. The Ki-Hara method of resistance stretching is a technique that focuses on strengthening muscles while increasing flexibility. It is designed to help you move more efficiently and with less pain.


The method involves contracting a muscle while it is being stretched, which helps to increase the range of motion and flexibility of the muscle. The Ki-Hara method can help improve your posture, reduce your risk of injury, and enhance your athletic performance.




Athletic Training and Assisted Stretching


Assisted stretching can be beneficial for athletes. It can help improve flexibility and range of motion, which can lead to better athletic performance. Assisted stretching can also help reduce the risk of injury and enhance recovery time. Many athletes use assisted stretching as part of their training regimen.


Assisted stretching combined with exercise can provide numerous benefits. It can help improve flexibility and range of motion, which can lead to better athletic performance. It can also help reduce the risk of injury and enhance recovery time.


Assisted stretching can help prepare your muscles for exercise and help them recover after exercise. Combining assisted stretching with exercise can help you achieve your fitness goals more quickly and efficiently.





Inspine Therapy patient preparing to do assisted stretching on a yoga mat

How Exercise and Assisted Stretching Can Help With Mental Health


Exercise can help regulate stress hormones and trigger the release of mood-boosting neurotransmitters. When combined with other treatments, exercise can help with symptoms of several mental health conditions, including depression and ADHD.


Regular exercise can increase self-confidence, improve your mood, help you relax, and lower symptoms of mild depression and anxiety. Exercise can also improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All of these exercise benefits can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your mind.


Assisted stretching can help reduce stress levels. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence, improve your mood, help you relax, and lower symptoms of mild depression and anxiety. Exercise can also improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All of these exercise benefits can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your mind.




Consult A Medical Professional

Stretch therapy methods are scientific applications of various techniques to treat certain physical problems associated with tight muscles and restricted joints. It encompasses a wide range of techniques, including foam rolling, massage, myofascial release, and active range of motion movements, in addition to traditional passive stretches.


It is recommended that you talk to your doctor or physical therapist before beginning any assisted stretching program. If you have a chronic or unresolved injury, seeking professional guidance is crucial to ensuring you don’t risk additional injury.


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