The Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a type of Athletic Stretching Technique that provides effective 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 stretching technique was the gold standard.
However, prolonged 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.
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. 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.
AIS Effective for These Common Conditions
- Hamstrings Lower - Strain/Tear
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's Elbow)
- Shoulder Impingement
- Lower Back Pain
- Hammer Toes...and much much more.