The Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a type of Athletic Stretching Technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups, but more importantly, AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes.
Over the past few decades many experts have advocated that stretching should last up to 60 seconds. For years, this prolonged static stretching technique was the gold standard. However, prolonged static stretching actually decreases the blood flow within the tissue creating localized ischemia and lactic acid buildup. This can potentially cause irritation or injury of local muscular, tendinous, lymphatic, as well as neural tissues, similar to the effects and consequences of trauma and overuse syndromes.
The AIS Technique Deep, Superficial Fascial Release
Performing an Active Isolated Stretch of no longer than two seconds allows the target muscles to optimally lengthen without triggering the protective stretch reflex and subsequent reciprocal antagonistic muscle contraction as the isolated muscle achieves a state of relaxation. These stretches provide maximum benefit and can be accomplished without opposing tension or resulting trauma.
Myofascial Release Achieve Optimal Flexibility
Aaron Mattes’ myofascial release technique, which also incorporates Active Isolated Stretching, uses active movement and reciprocal inhibition to achieve optimal flexibility. Using a 2.0 second stretch has proven to be the key in avoiding reflexive contraction of the antagonistic muscle. Without activating muscle group contraction, restoration of full range of motion and flexibility can be successfully achieved. One of our very own practitioners, Jessica Souder, PTA has taken Aaron’s training class and has had great success with her patients using this method.
Common Conditions Active Isolated Stretching Techniques Are Effective in Treating These Conditions
Lower hamstring problems may be caused by inadequate hamstring flexibility Read more »
Medial epicondylitis is also called “little league” elbow. Read more »
This is a partial separation of the tibia tuberosity.Read more »
There is usually consistent irritation in the subacromial region. Read more »
Tenosynovitis is an inflammation of the synovial sheaths covering the tendons. Read more »
…and much, much more.
For more information about AIS and its benefits, watch the video below or contact us at our Hartland location at 810-632-8700.
Oakworks Inc. Mattes, A. (2010, October 7) Active Isolated Stretching with Aaron Mattes. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqPpJBXRQvk.
Mattes, A. Active Isolated Stretching, Expanding the Potential of the Profession. Retrieved from http://www.stretchingusa.com/active-isolated-stretching.
Acoustic Compression Therapy (ACT) is widely used in the treatment of acute and chronic pain in muscles, tendons and joints.
ACT describes the use of acoustic
waves to target tissue at varying
depths to compress and manipulate
tissue resulting in a focused and
precise deep tissue massage. The
results of the mechanical stimulus
delivered by ACT can lead to
increased circulation and pain
relief – key components in
the healing process.
Focusing in on your pain
The acoustic waves generated by the WellWave painlessly pass through the body and converge at a point deep within the soft tissue to produce an intense, extremely short duration compression event. The focused acoustic compression is
translated to tissue to provide a massage with pin – point accuracy to the affected area.
Patient guided pain relief.
The sources of pain are not always found in the area where
the pain seems to be radiating from. This is clinically called referred pain. The distancing of the pain sensation from its source can make treatment more difficult. Diagnosis of referred pain and the recognition of the originating pain triggering points can be accomplished using the WellWave. Abnormal musculoskeletal tissue can be “flared”
with focused ACT in order to define the areas that require
treatment. This process of defining the origins of pain is guided by the patient through verbal feedback to the healthcare professional providing the treatment.
How long does treatment take?
• A typical WellWave treatment takes between 10 and 20 minutes
• Normally, 1-2 treatments per week are performed
• A total of 3-5 treatments may be necessary before
lasting improvement is achieved
• With acute pain, a single session is often successful.
Are there known side-effects of
Acoustic Compression Therapy™?
• Treatment side-effects are limited to reddened skin and/or minor
soreness at the treatment site.
What to expect during your Acoustic
Compression Therapy treatment
1. Your clinician will identify the treatment site or sites. They may
mark these sites.
2. They will then apply a thin coat of coupling gel. This gel helps to translate
the acoustic sound waves generated by the therapy head to the body.
3. The clinician will start the treatment at a very low output setting and
increase the power to a level that you help define and is best suited for
your condition. The output level and acoustic wave frequency rate may
vary from location to location based on the depth and type of tissue
4. As the clinician moves the therapy source around the treatment area,
you may feel a deep, dull ache that is familiar to you as being like the
feeling your condition produces. The clinician will ask you to report
when you feel the ache and will adjust the output of the device to the
appropriate level for your treatment. They may also ask you to confirm
that the therapy source is still creating the ache and may adjust the location
of the treatment based on your feedback. If at anytime the treatment
becomes uncomfortable, mention this to the clinician and they will adjust
the output level.
5. After the treatment is completed, the coupling gel will be removed and you
can return to your normal activities. You may experience some minor aches
or discomfort after treatment. It is not unusual for patients to notice
flushed or reddened skin around the treatment site.
WellWave is now available at our Grand Blanc location at 10809 S. Saginaw St. Call us at 810-695-8700 for more information about how WellWave can help you!