What is AquaStretch? It is assisted stretching in water, with resistance to trigger a stretch reflex. Is a clinically proven, ground-breaking technique that restores mobility, decreases pain, increases exercise training efficiency, improves sports performance and improves general well being.
AquaStretch is a hands-on, holistic, myofascial release technique that uses buoyancy, weighted resistance, and prescribed methodology to produce outstanding results from athletic performance to rehabilitation. Join the Revolution!
The purpose of AquaStretch is to restore (not increase) flexibility, and support balanced, symmetrical function How are massage and AquaStretch different? Massage focuses on the muscles, AquaStretch focused on the fascia.
In the “tissue sandwich”, massage moves fascial adhesions in circles from vertical pressure, AquaStretch stretches horizontally. AquaStretch is generally more effective than massage (and OMT), and lasts 3 to 4 times longer.
Why does AquaStretch Work?
- In water, you can stretch into positions not possible, and hold stretches much longer, than on land.
- In water muscles float, allowing you to identify and stretch fascial restrictions more effectively.
- AquaStretch accents the body’s natural “stretch reflex”, that itself is freer and more dynamic without gravity.
What is the Fascial Adhesion Theory or Knots in the Muscles?
Theoretically fascia excessively calcifies on a protein collagen matrix, similar to dental plaque or arteriosclerotic plaque. The body is a “tissue sandwich” (layers of skin, agonist muscle, antagonist muscle, bone) in which the fascia both separates and connects the entire body. Fascial adhesions may restrict flexibility, cause a mal-adaptive range of motion (ROM), and/or irritate nerves causing pain or dysfunction.
What 3 factors cause fascial adhesions?
- Not resolved by exercise or movement, i.e. after injury or surgery.
- Muscular over-use (occupational/recreational), improper healing (premature use), and genetic propensity.
- Fascial calcification may be aggravated by diet (i.e. GMO wheat), certain drugs, hormone imbalances and many others.