What type of Stretching is Best?
Active Isolated Stretching is the only flexibility program that is based on the Laws and principles of the body. Works synergistically with all the other body systems, as well as warming up the tissues and preparing them for activity.
In general, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching only works the nervous system in one direction. Remember the Nervous system is a two way street from the Brain to the muscle and the muscle to the brain.
PNF has resulted in slightly greater increases in range of motion compared with static or ballistic stretching, though some results have not been statistically significant. Static stretches are a bit easier to do, but I think we have covered why prolonged static or isometric stretching should be avoided and isn’t your best option.
About the Author
Joel Crandall is a Kinesiologist and Exercise Physiologist with over 20 years of experience in sports therapy, massage, stretching and personal training. He has a BSE degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from SUNY-Cortland. He is the owner of PhysioCareCenter, based in West Los Angeles, California. PhysioCareCenter is a cutting edge facility that serves an international clientele base in the quest for a Pain Free Life and Increased Performance. The center specializes in helping people regain full muscle movement, reducing pain due to previous injuries, and increasing the quality of life before and after injury. PhysioCareCenter has a wide array of sports and physical injury therapists experienced in Injury prevention, pain, Rehab and Reconditioning Training.