In Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), stretches are not held for 10 to 30 seconds as in traditional stretching. Instead, ropes and bands are used to pull the muscle a little bit further than the body would normally allow. AIS is a gradual stretch that lasts no more than two seconds, but relies on repetition for best results. The shortened stretching time does not activate the stretch reflex which allows for relaxed muscles and optimal stretching. Rather than triggering a muscle’s safety mechanism, AIS focuses on contracting the antagonist muscles in order to stretch the isolated muscle.
What is Unique about AIS
AIS is a specialized method of stretching that works with the body’s natural physiological makeup to improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle joints and fascia. AIS quickens the recovery process and helps prevent recurrence of injury.
Combining Therapy Exercises with AIS
We have found the rate of recovery is faster when we combine therapy exercises with AIS. This combination allows more fluid movement with increased levels of strength and stability.