Another wonderful system, utilized for athletes and weekend warriors alike, is the Aaron Matte’s system of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and Strengthening. It is a coordinated concept that incorporates functional muscle and fascia release, which controls the body’s natural stretch reflexes. When used in conjunction with small ancillary muscle conditioning, it provides proper joint centration, stability and support.
Stretching should be a painless process to help improve the quality of people’s life. Traditionally passive stretching has been a series of exercises that are held for a prolonged period of time without exploring or comparing adequate physiological considerations such as: improving circulation, increasing oxygen to the tissues, eliminating the waste products by improved function of the lymph glands and improving nutritional deliverance to the cells.
Stretching should be proactive, engaging the nervous system, helping to improve or maintain a greater quality of fitness. Flexibility exercises can be implemented prior or after sporting activities decreasing muscle trauma and improving athlete’s ability to recover from workouts.
All sports are about angles. The more efficient the athlete is at making them, the better the functional outcome. As athletic performers progress they often begin to lose their flexibility, which decreases their performance and agility. Athletic endeavors are more enjoyable when the body is flexible and capable of performing proper movement without biomechanical any restriction.
Soreness, swelling, and pain can create a loss of tissue movement. The muscle, fascia (connective tissues), and joints need to maintain optimal oxygenation and flexibility to help prevent postural changes, diseases and injury.
Proper AIS stretching aids in maintain the body process and if performs consistently will contribute to a healthier body and increased longevity.
Incorporating the Active Isolated Stretching (A.I.S.) method of muscle and fascia release is founded on the concept of controlling the body’s stretch reflexes. The A.I.S. method is a myofascial release technique that uses active movement of the muscle on the opposite side of the muscle being stretched. Using a 3-4 second repeated stretch has proven to be the key in avoiding contraction of the muscles and connective tissue is being stretched.
Some Beneficial Effects of The Mattes Method Active Isolated Stretching are:
1. A.I.S. improves oxygenation and nutrition of myofascial structures promotion
2. Growth and repair.
3. A.I.S. stimulates the circulation and drainage of lymph, which helps eliminate metabolic wastes.
4. A.I.S. improves flexibility and health of muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
5. A.I.S. breaks down the friction and sticking among fascial sheathes.
6. A.I.S. separates fibrosis and breaks down adhesions that may result from trauma
7. A.I.S. realigns collagen fibers.
8. A.I.S. reduces muscle spasm.
9. A.I.S. reduces risk of muscle strain and tear.
Benefits of the PRO-NMT Flexibility Program
1. Athletes reach peak performance sooner and sustain it longer
2. Muscles respond more quickly and powerfully.
3. Performance is improved with reduced chance of injury.
4. Muscle stiffness and trauma is reduced by producing reductions in metabolic wastes, allowing muscles to recover rapidly after intense workouts or athletic events.
5. Healing of injuries is faster and stronger without the loss of power due to the development of transverse fibrosis.
6. Reduction in spasms splinting, and tension as a result of ischemia (lack of oxygen).
7. Athletes increase their career span and level of performance.