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What are Assisted Stretches?
I use different types of stretching techniques, Dynamic, Static, Partner Assisited, MET (Muscle Energy Techniques)and PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation)
Dynamic Stretching – is the type of stretching techniques you see footballers do before a match. It’s very important to stretch and warm up your muscles and joints prior to participating in any exercise, sport or strenuous activity eg gardening. By moving your muscle groups and/or body part in it’s own natural direction will help to produce latic acid to loosen the joint and to warm up the muscles and area.
Static Stretching – by holding a stretch for 20-30 seconds after muscle use or exercise will enable the warm muscle fibres to relax, elongate, prevent build up of latic acid and to discourage knots to appear.
Partner Assisted Stretches – this works by taking a static stretch to a slighter deeper stretch. After holding the stretch for 20-30 seconds, your partner will apply slight preesure to take the stretch to a new dimension. This should only be carried out by a professional and it’s very important to communicate to one another.
MET (Muscle Energy Techniques)and PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) – These types of stretches are much more advanced and aim to “trick” the muscle fibres to elongate muscle fibres, relieve tension and to increase range of movement.
The stretch is carried out by holding a stretch for 20-30 seconds, then encouraging muscle contraction, followed by a much greater stretch, where the therapist challenges the muscle fibres and pushes there limits. This technique is extremely effective when combined with certain breathing techniques and MUST be performed by a trained professional at all times.
How will Assisted Stretches help me?
By using a combination of these different types of stretching techniques will;