Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)
Safely & Effectively Stretch your Muscles
What is Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)?
How Can We Help
According to statistics, 85% of the population in the United States will suffer from neck or back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason to see a physician.
Estimates suggest that people spend an average of 10 to 15 hours per day with bad posture, whether this is at work, school, or home. In Hong Kong, one can assume the statistics are even more alarming when you notice the high level of mobile phone use and the long working hours that this busy city is known for.
Should we just accept the fact that we will succumb to bad posture and a lifetime of sore muscles and aching joints? The amount of advice available on how to address bad posture can be overwhelming. Yoga? massage? physio? chiropractic treatment? stand up desks? What is the answer?
In fact, there is no one form of exercise or treatment that will solve your problem. While these modalities can give temporary relief, it takes more than this to solve the problem of bad posture. It takes re-education of your muscles in order to change your positional awareness from bad posture to better posture, and finally to good posture.
Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening is a specific method of lengthening tight muscles and tissues while strengthening the ones that are not doing their job effectively. This will enable you to sense your body better and will also allow you to self-correct as your muscles get used to their proper roles. Bad posture is simply a bad habit and once you understand your postural habit better, change can happen in a more dramatic way. AIS in Hong Kong can be applied to a variety of conditions, regardless of age. It fits in well with any physio, massage, or physician plan and acts as a complement to these treatments.
If you are suffering due to bad posture and feel you are not enjoying life to the fullest, contact The Body Group without delay for a postural assessment and care plan.
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What is Active Isolated Stretching?
Developed 40 years ago in the USA by rehabilitation and sports medicine expert, Aaron Mattes, the method advocates holding each stretch for only two seconds. This short movement allows the target muscles to actually relax and lengthen without triggering a protective stretch/contraction reflex, which can put strain on surrounding muscles and joints, ultimately leading to tension and trauma.
For years, many experts recommended stretches lasting up to 1 minute; however, overdoing a stretch actually decreases the blood flow to the area, causing lactic acid buildup, and irritating the local muscles, lymph and neural tissues.
Mattes has written several books and produced DVDs on AIS and today his methods are used by athletes, coaches, massage therapists, athletic trainers and health-care professionals to help stretch muscles, repair the body and prepare for daily activity.