Stretching Programs

Stretching is an essential component of physical therapy and exercises. However, most people don’t make time for stretching, which eventually leads to flexibility and mobility problems. Without stretching, you may suffer from muscle strains, chronic pain, postural issues, and other problems. As such, stretching must be an integrated part of your physical therapy.

Our physical therapists provide additional stretching programs to guide you through the various stretching techniques. Depending on the desired goals, the level of activity before or after the stretch, and underlying conditions, we recommend the ideal type of stretching exercise. This improves your flexibility and reduces the risk of musculoskeletal pains.

Benefits of Stretching

  • Improve your range of motion
  • Improve your mobility
  • Improve your athletic performance
  • Improve your flexibility
  • Increase blood circulation to the muscles
  • Improve your posture
  • Maintain normal functionality
  • Reduce the risk of injuries
  • Minimize the risk of musculoskeletal pain

The Stretching Techniques

Static Stretching

Static stretching is the most common stretching technique. This involves extending the targeted muscle to its maximum flexion point and holding the stretch for 30 seconds. This can be further divided into active and passive stretching. With active stretching, the individual increases the force applied to enhance the intensity of the stretch. With passive stretching, the physical therapist applies the external force to increase the intensity of the stretch.

Dynamic Stretching

Dynamic stretching involves continuous movements that mimic the exercise or movement that will soon be performed. The targeted muscles are brought to their maximum flexion point in quick successions. This stretching technique improves flexibility and prepares the individual for a workout or sport. An example of a dynamic stretch is when a sprinter performs long, exaggerated strides before a race.

Ballistic Stretching

Ballistic stretching is a technique that involves fast and sudden movements to increase muscle strength, range of motion, and flexibility. This stretching technique leverages momentum to make the limb go beyond its normal range of motion. However, ballistic stretching should always be preceded by static stretching to prepare the body and prevent injuries. This stretching technique is generally integrated into athletic drills.

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)

Active isolated stretching (AIS) is a technique wherein each stretch is only held for two seconds. However, the movement is performed repeatedly with the intention of exceeding the previous point of resistance to increase your overall flexibility and range of motion. This stretching technique can be compared to strength training because it involves repetitions and sets.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretching

The PNF stretching technique was initially developed to treat neuromuscular conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and polio. However, it’s now an essential component of physical therapy for patients experiencing the symptoms of neuromuscular problems. The stretching technique involves stretching the muscle to its limits to trigger a protective reflex and prevent injuries.

Schedule an Appointment

Miami Neurology & Rehabilitation Specialists provides personalized stretching exercises for everyone. Our licensed physical therapists evaluate your underlying conditions, test your strength, gait, posture, flexibility, and mobility, and curate the ideal combination of stretching exercises for you. Please schedule an appointment to discuss your stretching exercises in Miami, FL, today.


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