Assisted/Resisted Stretching

Resistance stretching combines flexibility, strength training and core development. This technique assisted-stretching
dynamically lengthens and strengthens muscles simultaneously. With eccentric contraction as its foundation, resistance stretching produces immediate and cumulative results that leave muscles energized. Probably what distinguishes resistance stretching from other flexibility modalities are its ability to remove muscle tension and its contribution to muscle elasticity. These two elements, along with traditional benefits of stretching, make it particularly attractive to athletes requiring power and agility.

How Resistance Stretching Works

The first principle of resistance stretching is that a muscle must be shortened AND contracted to be stretched effectively. The target muscle is then lengthened under load, and resists the force of the load throughout the lengthening process. Another principle is true flexibility. That is, a muscle is only truly flexible to the extent that it can continue to contract while being lengthened. The lengthening process ends when the muscle contraction begins to fade. Why? Because the muscle is approaching the point at which it can no longer contract or flex. Past that point, the muscle no longer has strength or stability. It is no longer elastic – much like a rubber band that has been overstretched beyond its usefulness. Continuing the stretch further would expose the muscle to risk of injury. The primary objective of resistance stretching goes beyond increasing range of motion. It’s assuring that there is strength throughout the range of motion.