This blog was written by Rachael Rudel, a brand ambassador for our partner Front Range Elite.
Assisted stretching can be worth it for many people, depending on their individual goals, needs, and preferences. Assisted stretching typically involves having a trained professional, such as a physical therapist, personal trainer, or yoga instructor, help you stretch your muscles and improve flexibility. There are even new boutique clinics opening up around the United States that offer hands-on manipulation or assistance stretching, including StretchLab.
Here are some factors to consider when deciding if assisted stretching is worth it for you:
- Flexibility goals
- If you have specific flexibility goals, such as improving your range of motion for sports performance or addressing tight muscles, assisted stretching can be highly effective. Professionals can tailor stretching routines to target your specific needs.
- Injury prevention and rehabilitation
- Assisted stretching can be beneficial for injury prevention and rehabilitation. It can help alleviate muscle imbalances, reduce the risk of strains, and aid in the recovery process after an injury.
- Proper technique
- Trained professionals can ensure that you're performing stretches with correct form and technique. This is crucial to avoid overstretching or causing injury while attempting to improve flexibility on your own.
- Individualized approach
- Assisted stretching allows for a customized approach to address your unique body and needs. Professionals can adapt the stretching program to your current level of flexibility and gradually progress as you improve.
- Time and consistency
- Some people find it challenging to maintain a consistent stretching routine on their own. Assisted stretching sessions can provide structure and accountability, making it easier to stick to a stretching program.
- Pain management
- If you have chronic pain conditions or muscular tension, assisted stretching may provide relief. Professionals can target specific areas of discomfort and use techniques like PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching to help release tension.