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So now we know why we stretch – to benefit our body and mind. Let’s see some techniques of stretching that might be of assistance.
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Advanced stretching technique include pin and stretch technique as well as neural inhibition techniques (CR, AC, PIR, PNF) that relax / inhibit musculature.
There are many types of stretching techniques. Following is a guide to the many different types of stretching techniques that exist.
Stretching is essentially a mechanical manual/movement therapy that is aimed at making a soft tissue longer so that we can increase flexibility.
Two primary hypotheses have been proposed to explain the stretching-induced force deficit, in other words, the muscle weakness…
This study found that remote stretching via self-myofascial release using foam roller massage of the plantar fascia does increase hamstring extensibility.
There is a very simple exercise you can do to illustrate the continuity in the Superficial Back Line myofascial chain between gastrocnemius and hamstrings.
Dynamic stretching’s improvement seems to be related to the increased tissue temperature and increased neural facilitation. Therefore, if the goal of a warm-up is to increase joint ROM and to enhance muscle force and/or power, dynamic stretching seems to be a preferable alternative to static stretching.
Traction for the cervical spine is indicated for the client with a pinched nerve in the neck because it opens up the intervertebral foramina to decompress the spinal nerves. Dr. Joe Muscolino demonstrates how to easily perform neck traction using a towel.
Stretching the rectus femoris of the quadriceps femoris group. The rectus femoris is the only quadricep muscle that crosses the hip joint. It crosses it anteriorly with a vertical direction to its fibers, so it flexes the thigh at the hip joint and it anteriorly tilts the pelvis at the hip joint.
The researchers found that the only intervention to clearly improve neck pain that was supported by the evidence in these studies was targeted neck and shoulder musculature strengthening exercise.
The spine is an incredible structure, with both great stability but also tremendous mobility in all three cardinal planes.
There seems to be a belief that the iliotibial band (ITB) cannot be stretched and thus manual treatment on the ITB is futile.
Long-term stretching seems to occur mostly at a sensory level of the nervous system versus the mechanical properties of the muscle-tendon complex itself.
Emerging evidence suggests that short-term or long-term stretching exercise may have beneficial cardiovascular responses.
Pin and stretch technique focuses the force of the stretch on the region of the muscle that is between the pinned point and the attachment that is moved.
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