Optimal flexibility is a must for runners. Not only is flexibility required for attaining the required ranges of motion for power development and a fluid stride, but also for ensuring that muscles are supple and able to absorb the shock of numerous foot contacts, particularly on hard surfaces. Flexibility is required in muscles, tendons, fascia and other connective tissues to ensure that the body responds appropriately to dynamic movements.
Flexibility can be attained through a variety of means. The muscle tissue can be physically stretched, blood circulation to the muscle can be increased, antagonist muscles can be activated to reduce tension in the agonist, or muscle tone can be reduced. Provided below is a list of strategies that we employ in combination to ensure that our clients achieve optimal flexibility for performance, injury prevention and pain management:
- Low tension, closely monitored static stretching protocols for managing muscle tone and enhancing soft-tissue awareness.
- Dynamic stretching protocols that warm-up muscle and connective tissues.
- Myofascial stretching protocols for managing fascial planes, muscle sheaths and muscle-tendon junctions.
- Manual massage for elongating muscle, increasing circulation, separating muscle fibre adhesions and reducing muscle tone.
- Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) for increasing range of motion and enhancing strength throughout the full range of motion.
- Electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) for muscle loosening and muscle tone management.
Contact us now to find out how to enhance your running performance through improved flexibility training and muscle tone management.