iFlex the intelligent stretch
A stretch for everyBODY
Knowing your unique pattern of restriction is important in order to release tension and balance your joint motion. It is very common to have one side of the body tighter than the other. This imbalance can happen between sides (right leg vs. left leg), or between muscles that control a joint (knee flexors vs. knee extensor muscles). When there is a joint imbalance, if one side is tight, it can cause weakness in the opposite side.
This happens through a neurological function called reciprocal inhibition. This happens because the body knows that if you want to flex the elbow- as it contracts the elbow flexor muscles- it makes sure that the elbow extensors are relaxed (inhibited). If both the flexors and extensors tighten, the joint doesn’t move. The problem is that with chronic tension on one side, the other side becomes weak, and with this weakness comes a decrease in neurological control. Lengthening the tight side will automatically increase strength to the other side. Also, with the iFlex type of resistance stretching- when we stretch the weak side, we add resistance, with activates the muscle, increasing your neurological control and strength. Increased neurological control results in more fluid and graceful motion, more ease, and less pain and stiffness. Balancing pull on each joint is the key to you feeling good in your body.
Tension that happens on one side of the body as opposed to the other also has a pattern that we address. When one leg is tighter than the other, it can cause the pelvis to rotate. When the pelvis rotates one direction, the upper body compensates by rotating the other. The results in a twist in the back and neck. This constant twist can cause stiffness, soreness, pain and fatigue. When we do an evaluation, we look at your ability to rotate in both directions, and help to restore proper motion on both sides.