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Stretching alone is one thing, Assisted Stretching is a whole new game!

Stretching is an important part of any fitness routine. It helps improve flexibility, reduce the risk of injury, and promote recovery after a workout. However, not everyone is able to stretch effectively on their own. This is where assisted stretching can be of great benefit.

Assisted stretching involves having a trained professional to help you perform stretches. This can be done in a variety of ways, such as using resistance bands, straps, or the weight of the partner's body. In this blog, we will discuss the benefits of assisted stretching, when it should be performed and who should be performing the stretching.

Benefits of Assisted Stretching

Assisted stretching has numerous benefits that can help individuals achieve their fitness goals. Some of the benefits of assisted stretching include:

  1. Improved Flexibility: Assisted stretching helps individuals achieve a greater range of motion in their joints, which can improve flexibility and mobility.

  2. Reduced Risk of Injury: By performing assisted stretches, individuals can improve their muscle strength and flexibility, which can help reduce the risk of injury during physical activity.

  3. Increased Muscle Activation: Assisted stretching can help activate muscles that may not be engaged during traditional stretching exercises, which can improve overall muscle function.

  4. Faster Recovery: Assisted stretching can also help promote faster recovery after a workout, as it can help reduce muscle soreness and stiffness.

When Should Assisted Stretching be Performed?

Assisted stretching can be performed at any time, but it is particularly beneficial before and even more so after a workout. Before a workout, assisted stretching can help warm up the muscles and prepare them for physical activity, however it may reduce the muscles power production. After a workout, assisted stretching can help promote recovery and reduce muscle soreness. The physical therapists at Dynamic Edge Physiotherapy all recommend stretching afterwards if your goal is to reduce muscle soreness and reduce stiffness.

Who Should Perform Assisted Stretching?

Assisted stretching should be performed by a trained professional. A trained professional, such as a Dynamic Edge Wellness' stretch coaches, can provide more targeted stretches based on an individual's specific needs and fitness goals. Our stretch coaches are National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified as "Stretching and Flexibility Coaches".

In conclusion, assisted stretching can be a valuable tool for individuals looking to improve their flexibility, reduce the risk of injury, and promote faster recovery after physical activity. Head on down to Dynamic Edge Wellness & Cryotherapy to book your Assisted stretching session with one of our certified stretch coaches now!

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