The weather was beautiful, but we weren’t there for vacation. We learned over the course of 32 hours the Mattes Method of Active Isolated Stretching/Strengthening (AIS). The course was intense! Lots of work. But very rewarding. I think I speak for my fellow LMTs when I say we learned a terrific technique to bring to Dr. Nuzzi’s practice.
So what is it? AIS is…
Active; the patient is engaging in the stretches instead of being passive and having the therapist do all the work. The therapist is only assisting you with the stretches.
Isolated; your therapist will guide you to precise positioning of your body to target specific muscles as opposed to muscle groups.
Stretching/Strengthening: kind of speaks for themselves.
For example, let’s say you’re an athlete that had tight quads. You do quad stretches before you practice, that’s great! But, you are likely stretching the GROUP. In the AIS stretches you are reaching all 4 muscles of the quadriceps—Rectus Femoris, Vastus Lateralis, Vastus Intermedius and Vastus Medialis—not as a group but individually at both the origin and insertion points of the muscles. This will give you better athletic performance. In fact, many professional athletes use these stretching methods to not only enhance their performance but decrease injury, heal an injury faster and extend their careers.
But remember, these stretches not only for athletes. Many people with chronic pain or musculoskeletal pathologies can be helped with these stretches. Low back pain, poor posture, repetitive motion injuries, plantar fasciitis, poor range of motion, headache, just to name a few.
I, for one, am excited to work in conjunction with Dr. Nuzzi to help you all reach your maximum potential and become pain-free, because “Pain is not a lifestyle!"