Assisted Stretching: Enhancing Flexibility and Mobility for Optimal Performance

We’ve been noticing some new chain locations that offer stretch sessions. This got us thinking, “I wonder if clients know they can request assisted stretches be added to their treatments.” 😊

This article is dedicated to informing our clients and prospective clients about the benefits of stretching and how it can be combined with your massage treatments to enhance results in regards to flexibility, mobility, and overall physical performance. Let’s dive in to how this works.

Understanding Assisted Stretching

Assisted stretching involves a partner, therapist, or specialized equipment to aid in stretching various muscle groups. It typically follows the principles of static or dynamic stretching, but with the added support of an external force to achieve deeper and more controlled stretches. This type of stretching is often utilized in sports and rehabilitation settings, where the focus is on targeting specific muscle groups to address imbalances and limitations.

Benefits of Assisted Stretching

Improved Flexibility: Assisted stretching can significantly enhance muscle flexibility, allowing individuals to move through a wider range of motion. This increased flexibility can lead to improved athletic performance and reduced risk of muscle strains and tears.

Enhanced Recovery: Engaging in assisted stretching after a workout or intense physical activity can help alleviate muscle soreness and reduce recovery time. By gently elongating muscles, it aids in flushing out metabolic waste and promoting better blood flow.

Injury Prevention: Tight muscles are more susceptible to injuries. Assisted stretching can help identify and correct muscle imbalances, reducing the risk of injuries caused by overused or underused muscle groups.

Improved Posture: Assisted stretching can target muscles that contribute to poor posture, such as those in the chest, shoulders, and hips. By lengthening and loosening these muscles, individuals may experience improved posture and reduced discomfort associated with bad posture.

Stress Relief: Assisted stretching can induce a state of relaxation, as it promotes the release of endorphins and reduces tension in the muscles. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals dealing with stress and anxiety.

Types of Assisted Stretching

Passive Stretching: In passive stretching, the individual being stretched remains relaxed while the partner or therapist assists in moving the limb to its endpoint. This method is commonly used for post-workout recovery and relaxation.

Active-Assisted Stretching: Active-assisted stretching involves the individual being stretched contributing to the movement, working against the external force provided by the partner or equipment. This method can help develop strength within the stretched muscle group.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF): PNF stretching is a more advanced technique that combines alternating contraction and relaxation phases to achieve a greater stretch. It is highly effective for increasing flexibility.

Safety Considerations

While assisted stretching can be highly beneficial, it is crucial to prioritize safety to avoid potential injuries. Seek guidance from a qualified professional who understands the principles of stretching and the body’s anatomical structure. Avoid pushing the body beyond its limits, and communicate any discomfort or pain during the stretching process.


Assisted stretching is a valuable tool for individuals looking to improve their flexibility, mobility, and overall physical performance. By incorporating this practice into their fitness routine, athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and those in rehabilitation can reap the benefits of increased flexibility, injury prevention, and improved recovery. Always approach assisted stretching with care, seeking guidance from trained professionals, to maximize its potential benefits while minimizing the risk of injury. So, take the first step towards better flexibility and mobility by exploring the world of assisted stretching and unlock your body’s true potential!

Single Sided Sports Recovery

With the French open in full swing, I thought it would be fun to give some tips on recovering from sports with some specific examples if you play tennis.

Many sports require excessive single sided use without a good option for training to develop our non-dominant side.  Tennis is a perfect example. If your sport if choice requires lots of single sided use, then warm up and stretching will be even more important for you.

Warming up pre-practice and light stretching afterwards, however minor it may seem, makes a significant difference in how we recover. A good warm up will provide fresh fluids to your muscles to lubricate them and provide the compounds necessary for proper performance.  Elasticity is also increased post warm-up, which will reduce your risk injury.  Here’s a simple example of a warm up routine:

The stretching piece rings your muscles out of all the used up fluids that are now oxygen poor and rich in metabolic wastes.  That fluid is replenished when your stretch is released once again with nutrient dense fluids to aid your muscles in recovering.  There is a second added benefit of reminding your central nervous system of your full range of motion.  Pecs and adductors are highly used in tennis; here are a couple of good examples of how to stretch those:

     adductor stretch


We always love giving our clients tools to help them recover from the sports they enjoy, so if you would like to have a specific routine for your particular sport, schedule your appointment today.  Keep moving and we hope to see you soon.

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