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  • Siobhan Coleman "The Stretcher"

What is Active Isolated Stretching?

Updated: May 9, 2022

Active Isolated Stretching & Strengthening (AIS)

A corrective system created to bring the whole body back into balance through dynamic, assisted stretching and strengthening exercises. The AIS method is an extremely effective way to improve flexibility, joint mobility and restore tissue quality.

The Science Behind the AIS Method

The AIS technique is practiced by actively moving into a range of motion and holding the position for no longer than two seconds. This is a type of dynamic stretching is known to be one of the most effective ways to improve flexibility. By keeping the hold time at or less than two seconds, it helps prevent your protective stretch reflex from kicking in. This allows you to move deeper into a range without causing any trauma to your soft tissues. In addition, the AIS method uses the science of reciprocal inhibition to achieve your optimal joint range of motion and flexibility. AIS strengthens your muscles while you are stretching them. This helps to improve muscle recruitment and joint stabilization.

What Type of ailments is it good for?

  • Hamstring Tears or Strains

  • Osgood- Schlatters & Jumpers Knee

  • Golfer's elbow/ Tennis Elbow

  • Shoulder Impingement

  • Chronic Low Back Pain & Tightness

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

  • Chronic Upper Back Pain & Tightness

  • Post stroke

  • Multiple Sclerosis

How does it help?

  • Reduces tightness and pain

  • Improves mobility and strength

  • Improves muscle recruitment

  • Restores damaged tissue and function

  • Releases tightness in fascia

  • Unlocks tightness in joints

  • Improves the natural range of motion.

Do you have a flexibility question for me? Send me a message! Select questions will be considered as topics in future blog posts.

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