Sports Stretching

Stretching plays an essential role in rehabilitating chronic pain conditions or sports injuries. Combining advanced stretching with clinical massage can provide exceptional results.

A range of advanced sports stretching techniques may be used in any one session.

Passive Stretching:

During this technique, the therapist takes the client into a comfortable stretch and slowly increases it as the client exhales.

PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation):

This method of stretching may also be known as MET (Muscle Energy Technique).

This stretching technique aims to strengthen as well as stretch the muscle. This is achieved by the therapist stretching against the client’s mild resistance as they exhale.

AIS (Active Isolated Stretching):

This stretch is achieved by the client working an opposite muscle alongside the therapist, who increases the stretch at the end of each movement (for example, quads are worked to stretch the hamstrings). This is a great cardio work out and the perfect way to warm up before exercising.

Encouraging you to do regular stretching exercises between sessions is our way of helping you to help yourself. We can give you stretching suggestions that are easily achievable at home or in the workplace with minimal or no equipment.

Benefits of stretching:

* To help maintain normal muscle function

* To help alleviate pain due to muscle tension

* To overcome cramping in muscles

* To maintain or improve range of movement in the joints

* To facilitate muscle healing

* To help correct postural imbalances

* To rehabilitate sprains and strains

* Feels great!

 

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Stretching at Chichester Clinical Massage

“I am a keen runner and always participate In the London marathon. This year, I strained my leg in training and after several sports massage sessions I was told to run through the pain. I was reluctant, but took the advice of my therapist. I wish I had gone with my gut instinct. I didn’t complete the marathon and had 10 weeks out of training whilst trying to locate the problem. After being told it wasn’t muscular, I found that Donna could work on the fascia tissues to release them. This worked so well and after 6 sessions I am training again. Donna’s approach to treatment was to locate the source of the problem using various methods. At the end of each treatment, Donna always massaged the area being worked on, which felt amazing”

J. Chichester