ACTIVE ISOLATED STRETCHING (AIS)
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a physical therapy system that greatly improves performance and reduces musculoskeletal pain. AIS has been designed so effectively that it is used by a wide range of practitioners in different fields of physical healthcare.
Today, many of the World’s Top Athletes incorporate AIS into their training as do occupational and physical therapists working with elderly and post operative care patients.
Unlike other stretching, the AIS technique holds a stretch for no more than two-seconds to bypass the stretch reflex mechanism and facilitate the flow of nutrient rich blood to the musculoskeletal system. This process works with the neuromuscular system to reduce the risk of injury to the joints, muscles or connective tissues. The active phase of the stretch ensures that the patient does most of the work and closely follows one of the most important rules of stretching, Reciprocal Inhibition!
SHERRINGTON’S 3RD LAW
Tissues will only open optimally when it is fully relaxed and
it’s antagonist is in full contraction.
BENEFITS OF ACTIVE ISOLATED STRETCHING (AIS)
- Improve your flexibility and athletic performance.
POWER = STRENGTH x RANGE of MOTION!
- Rehabilitation from injuries and recurring injury assessment.
- Optimise your biomechanics to reduce risk of injury.
- Treat chronic pain syndromes.
- Promote overall wellness by increasing fluid and energy circulation in the body.