FLEXIBILITY? Why stretching is not enough.

I have been stretching for years and I still can't touch my toes.

I stretch to help my recovery between workouts.

I stretch lots but I don't notice much improvement.

I stretch but the changes I make don't last.

Does this sound like you?

 

Stretching addresses tension in the muscle-tendon unit by lengthening short and tight muscles. There are several different factors that can affect joint range of motion and hinder performance.

  • Short and tight muscles
  • Myofascial trigger points
  • Soft tissue restriction
  • Joint capsule restriction
  • Motor control problems
  • Joint range of motion dysfunction
  • Neural dynamic issues

These can be complex issues that require identification and analysis by a Health Professional. However, there are two areas that I regularly teach patients to deal with at home:

  1. Soft tissue restrictions
  2. Joint capsule restrictions

       Soft tissue restrictions can be treated with a form of myofascial release; foam rolling, massage, dry needling, acupuncture or cupping. These modalities all have their pro's and con's but in different ways, they all alter the state of muscles and fascia. They reduce muscular tension and an improve the ability for fascia to slide and glide.

 

       Joint capsule restrictions require a different piece of equipment.  Power bands.  Joints are just like any structure in the human body.  They require regular use to ensure ongoing quality function. The tissue structures around joints can tighten and become less flexible if not taken to end range of motion regularly. The power band is used to distract the joint apart efficiently. 

Drop in today and have a chat to David about how to improve your performance with a more effective method than stretching alone.

 

Note: Banded mobilisations should not be attempted by anyone with hypermobile joints or significant ligamentous laxity.  If you are unsure of whether you should roll on a certain spot on your body check with a health practitioner or strength and conditioning coach.

 

David Gruhl

B. Hth Sc (Pod). Hons