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Active Isolated Stretching

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a bodywork modality for lengthening the muscles and releasing the fascia.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: October 1, 2012

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a bodywork modality for lengthening the muscles and releasing the fascia. Often used by athletes, AIS provides dynamic stretching in a facilitated manner, ultimately helping to restore or enhance the function of various muscle groups in the body.

What It's Good For

Active Isolated Stretching techniques are known to effectively treat lower hamstring strains and tears, Osgood-Schlatter's disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, low-back problems, shoulder impingement, golfer's elbow, tenosynovitis and more. AIS is also particularly beneficial for the elderly and can help to improve or maintain daily movement.

With its ability to stretch muscles located in the trunk, neck, hips and pelvis, AIS is touted for its ability to complement scoliosis treatment. AIS can also benefit the seemingly healthy, enabling athletes, including runners, to improve their game.

Key benefits of Active Isolated Stretching: Active Isolated Stretching is known to accelerate injury recovery and prepare the body for physical activity. In addition, holding each position for two seconds at a time increases circulation and the elasticity of the muscle joints and the underlying fascia.

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