Stretching is something you have probably considered doing before, yet even with knowing the benefits of stretching, somehow you never manage to get around to it.
What is the Problem with Not Stretching?
After you sit all day at work, you may start to get tight hips and develop lower back pain.
This is because when you sit too long it puts more pressure on the spine and compresses the vertebrae. This compression can lead to a lot of tightness making it hard for you to move, which increases soreness.
The same concept can apply when you put repetitive pressure on your body during physical activities that you enjoy.
What are the Potential Benefits of Assisted Stretching?
You have probably learned that there are many benefits of stretching, but when you try to do a total body stretch routine you may find that it is uncomfortable and you are not sure if you are doing it properly.
Then instead of making things better, you could make the soreness worse or even cause an injury if you move incorrectly.
The benefits you could find with assisted stretching are:
Not feeling sore after workouts
Not feeling fatigued during work
Increased blood flow which prevents the delayed onset of sore muscles
Increases range of motion around the joints
Feeling more youthful because able to move freely without pain
Additionally, assisted stretch benefits can also help with getting the “hunch” out of the spine which can give you a more confident and taller appearance.
Let your Body Experience the Powers of Letting go of Your Muscles!
The body benefits when the muscle groups are completely relaxed. This assisted stretch program will help you do just that. Our Stretching with Powers trainers will help teach your muscles to let go of the tension and stiffness they are holding. Your body will be guided to release back to a neutral, calm, stress free state while receiving a gentle, yet deep stretch. Just one session can help erase years of stress, tension and immobility. You just relax and enjoy the benefits while we will do the stretching for you.
We listen to what you need. If you have pain in a specific muscle group, our session will focus on releasing tension in that area, and elongating that muscle.
We customize each of your sessions, so that you get exactly what you want and need out of them.
What to Wear for Your Session: Loose fitting clothes, ie: gym clothes
Benefits of Stretching with Powers – Assisted Stretch Program
Improved range of motion
Neck and shoulder tension relief
Enhanced appearance through posture improvement
Decreased joint pain
Faster recovery from workouts, sports or even your daily profession
An alternative for those who do not enjoy yoga
For best results try Cryo and Stretching
Practice is the defining method for improving virtually every athletic trait, and flexibility is no exception. Much like training regularly with heavy weights makes you stronger, spending time at or near the limits of your range of motion will develop flexibility. It should be evident, then, that any tool that allows you to practice with a slightly larger range of motion will promote greater flexibility gains in the long run. In a recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the use of ice was examined as a way to improve flexibility.
The reason why cryotherapy, or the use of ice as treatment, works for improving flexibility is a bit confusing. The accepted theory is the reverse of what you might think. Essentially the cold will cause vasodilation, or the widening of your blood vessels. Vasodilation allows for greater blood flow and higher temperature inside the muscle. This has a soothing effect on the musculature, which in turn reduces its resistance to being stretched.
Anyone who has ever used ice to treat an injury or to improve recovery may think this odd. Ice is generally used to lower tissue temperature and induce vasoconstriction (the opposite of vasodilation), which inhibits swelling. Swelling is the enemy of injury repair and exercise recovery. But for flexibility, ice is used for the opposite effect. If you’ve studied biology, you will know that this is the standard reaction of the body to external cold: to reduce blood flow to the superficial (near the surface) blood vessels, while increasing blood flow underneath to prevent heat loss.
In this study the researchers focused on the hamstrings. This group of muscles is large enough that the cold from cryotherapy can’t penetrate the whole muscle. This creates a steep temperature gradient, meaning that the muscle near the surface is much cooler than the muscle deep down. The deeper muscle then experiences increased blood flow, and theoretically, the muscle’s resistance against stretching is reduced. In fact, the researchers rejected anyone with too much leg fat, which could interfere with this gradient effect.
The researchers were also interested to see if different applications of ice would also have different effects. They used both crushed ice in a bag, which is a therapeutic standard, and the same crushed ice with water. Water conducts the warmth of the body away faster than air and ice alone. The researchers hypothesized that the combination of water and ice would yield superior flexibility benefits.
To test flexibility, the researchers used a slightly different type of PNF stretching than you may have heard about. If you’re not already familiar with it, PNF stretching typically utilizes an effect called autogenic inhibition, which is a fancy way of saying it makes the muscle you’re stretching tired. You stretch a muscle like the hamstrings and then periodically flex the hamstrings as well. In this study they used standard PNF, but followed it by a contraction of the hip flexors, which is intended to create a further inhibition of the hamstring muscles.
There was no substantial difference between the two types of ice, but the ice was definitely effective at improving flexibility. In fact, the ice alone increased flexibility by about six angular degrees before the stretching even began. Stretching alone improved flexibility by ten degrees, but stretching and ice together (both kinds of ice therapy) improved flexibility by about fourteen degrees.
There was a small, insignificant trend for the wetted ice to work better, but essentially there’s a big point of diminishing returns somewhere around plain old ice in a bag. However, icing large muscles prior to flexibility sessions is a tool coaches and athletes should be employing where flexibility is a concern.
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