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Active Isolated Stretching Can Relieve Aches and Pains

The Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a type of stretching technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups, but more importantly, AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes.

For years, prolonged static stretching, lasting up to 60 seconds, was the gold standard stretching technique. However, prolonged static stretching actually decreases the blood flow within the tissue creating localized restriction in blood supply to tissues and lactic acid buildup. This can potentially cause irritation or injury to muscles, tendons and neural tissues, similar to the effects and consequences of trauma and overuse syndromes.

Performing an Active Isolated Stretch of no longer than two seconds allows the target muscles to optimally lengthen without triggering the protective stretch reflex and subsequent reciprocal muscle contraction as the isolated muscle achieves a state of relaxation. These stretches provide maximum benefit and can be accomplished without opposing tension or resulting trauma.

Stefan Matte, LMT, CPT, is owner of The A.I.S. Institute, in Watertown. He reports AIS is for people that want to improve themselves and feel ready to take on the day as well as for those that have been struggling with persistent pain. “Clients leave with an overall sense of well-being, hope and a program they can start using to take control of their health,” he says.

The A.I.S. Institute is located at 103 Morse St., Watertown. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 617-905-3038 or visit