Active assisted stretching is a dynamic approach to increasing flexibility that combines the benefits of active and passive stretching. In this method, you actively engage specific muscle groups while a partner or therapist assists you in achieving deeper stretches. Active assisted stretching not only enhances flexibility but also improves muscle strength, range of motion, and overall mobility.
Understanding active assisted stretching:
In active assisted stretching, you play an active role in the stretching process by contracting the muscles opposing the ones being stretched. This is often referred to as “reciprocal inhibition.” The contraction of the opposing muscles allows the targeted muscle group to relax and elongate further, enabling a deeper stretch. A partner or therapist provides guidance and assistance to facilitate this process, ensuring that the stretch is safe and effective.
Top reasons of active assisted stretching:
Enhanced flexibility: Active assisted stretching allows you to achieve deeper stretches compared to passive stretching alone. By actively engaging the opposing muscles, you can overcome resistance and reach new levels of flexibility.
Improved muscle engagement: This method combines stretching with muscle engagement, which helps strengthen both the stretched and opposing muscles. This improved muscle strength contributes to better overall joint stability and reduced risk of injury.
Greater range of motion: Active assisted stretching can significantly improve your range of motion, which is beneficial in various physical activities and daily movements.
Muscle release: By actively contracting opposing muscles during the stretch, you can release knots, trigger points, and tension in specific muscle groups more effectively.
Improved muscle coordination: Active assisted stretching enhances the coordination between agonist (contracting) and antagonist (opposing) muscles, leading to improved neuromuscular control. However, before you consider active assisted stretching, you should consult with your primary doctor for more suggestions.
Active assisted stretching is a powerful method to improve flexibility, strength, and mobility. Whether you’re an athlete looking to enhance performance, recovering from an injury, or simply seeking to increase your overall flexibility, active assisted stretching offers a dynamic and effective approach to achieving your goals while fostering a deeper connection between your muscles and movement.