Facilitated Stretching

Facilitated Stretching is more effective than PNF Stretching because it utilizes two physiological principles instead of one. Both types of stretching use the principle of Post Isometric Relaxation, but Facilitated Stretching also uses the principle of Reciprocal Inhibition to get a better stretch.

Facilitated stretching works by first fatiguing the muscle, using the principle of Post Isometric Relaxation, as in PNF Stretching. This is followed by having your client trying to actively stretch the muscle. When they try to actively stretch the muscle they are engaging the opposing muscle, and this will relax the muscle being stretched through the principle of Reciprocal Inhibition. Once they try to stretch the muscle you can assist them in the stretch, as in Active Isolated Stretching

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