Benefits of active isolated stretching

In spite of our best attempts to avoid the inevitable aging process, we succumb to a constricted flexor posture in our torso and four extremities. Fortunately, through proper stretching and restoration of flexibility, we can maintain a healthier homeostatic, pain free state, and enjoy a better quality of lifestyle within the three dimensional physical plane. “Aaron Mattes”

It’s been over 50 years since flexibility techniques started to develop, and although the first pioneers did a tremendously good job at laying the foundations for us, both science and clinical studies took us a step further in understanding the true physiological benefit of stretching and what a proper stretching technique will have too look like.

Active Isolated Stretching is the result of Aaron L. Mattes’s more than 40 years of laboratory research; experimentation; and experience in clinical treatment, sports medicine, and teaching. During this time, he has refined and added to these techniques on a regular basis, as he continued in updating his work. Words that inspire Aaron L. mattes, to preserve in developing better techniques are the words of the great inventor and industrialist, Henry Ford: “Thinking always ahead, thinking of always trying to do more, brings a state of mind in which nothing seems impossible.” This statement has become part of his personal philosophy in which he believe that exceptional skill in performing a procedure is an art, and knowledge evolved and formulated in the search for truth in science.

Stretch therapy has become an art, and can only be performed by very experienced practitioners. That is why our devotion to education and sharing all our knowledge will never cease.
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Benefits of stretching

Some beneficial effects of the Mattes Method are:

1. Active Isolated Stretching improves oxygenation and nutrition of myofascial structures promoting growth and repair.
2. Active Isolated Stretching stimulates the circulation and drainage of lymph, which helps eliminate metabolic wastes.
3. Active Isolated Stretching improves flexibility and health of muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
4. Active Isolated Stretching breaks down friction and “gluing” among fascial sheathes.
5. Active Isolated Stretching realigns collagen fibers.
6. Active Isolated Stretching reduces muscle spasms.
7. Active Isolated Stretching reduces the risk of muscle strain and tear.

Benefits for athletes by using a optimal flexibility program

1. Athletes reach peak performance sooner and sustain it longer.
2. Muscles respond more quickly and powerfully.
3. Performance is improved with reduced change of injury.
4. Muscle stiffness is reduced as excess lactic acid buildup is removed. Reduction in metabolic wastes allows muscle to rejuvenate quicker after intense workouts or athletic events.
5. Athletes recuperate more quickly. Healing of injuries is faster and stronger without the loss of power due to the development of transverse fibrosis.
6. Reduction in spasms, splinting, and tension as a result of ischemia.
7. Athletes increase their career span and level of performance.

Other benefits of stretching:

1. Improve preparation for athletic activity, warm-up stretches facilitate increased blood shunting to muscles, increased body temperature, reduced muscle tension, heightened neuromuscular integration and improved connective tissue pliability.
2. Optimize muscle and tendon range of motion up to 1.6 times resting length. At muscle lengths greater than 1.6 times its resting muscle length, muscles will begin to tear and bleed. In general, females are more flexible than males.
3. Facilitate the removal of metabolic waste products. Improved oxygenation eliminates carbon dioxide formation; whereas, improved circulation eliminates lactic acid build up.
4. Reduce risk of muscle, tendon, ligament and joint injuries. Improved flexibility optimizes physiologic functions and decreases local ischemic effects.
5. Reduced postural tightness due to aging. Kyphosis, scoliosis, and flexor contractures are created by tightness of myofascial structures supporting the spine as we stand in a forward biped stance.
6. Rehabilitate muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries. Flexibility promotes improved blood circulation and oxygenation, nourishing cells, tissues, and organs restoring health and wellness
7. Facilitate the flow of lymphatic fluid. Optimal stretch stimulates the flow of lymphatic fluid that allows the body to channel waste and toxic products out of the body.
8. Enhance athletic performance in conditioning. Optimal flexibility requires less energy expenditure in movement allowing for increases stamina and performance enhancement of speed, agility and strength.
9. Maximize potential and level of athletic performance. Stretching, flexibility and the use of plyometrics have promoted higher performance abilities, especially noted in jumpers, as a result of increased muscle power and elasticity by virtue of neuromuscular integration and optimization.

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