In the previous post we worked on the myth of stretching.
Some types of elongations
Are classified as active and self-stretching
Active and ballistic
pre-contraction PNF – CRAC -CR
Our organism aims to organize itself in order to obtain a better motor program and at the same time to extend its gestures, but always under certain conditions, such as being economical in energy and respecting its protective condition of the body.
So if we talk about muscle stretching, which is better, passive or active techniques?
There will be sports, cultural activities, gymnastics, ballet, that the professionals in their training will have to include work on the systems of defense to the deformation, and, it is here where we can use the active stretching, the self-stretching, or the passive with partner or the ballistic stretching as stretching in counter-resistance.
What happens to those people who do not have a goal of generating more range of motion on passive structures like any play activity to improve health, fitness, personal well-being or relieve stress, where there are important techniques like hold and relax (hold-activate-relax-activate and relax again).
But we can also work with people who are in discomfort or athletes who need to prevent injuries or muscular discomfort. We give more value to passive movement, muscle elongation.
Do you think that active mobility is more important than passive mobility?
Do you remember the question: “If we are therapists, why do we focus so much on the tissue that we forget to work on the function of the muscle?
Is it more important to generate passive mobilization on structures or is it more important to work on active mobility?
What happens if the client has also had a previous immobilization of the joint (cast/ splints/bandages) ? In this case, after removing the protection, we can see that in this case the resistance to mobilization or elongation, to distension is greater.
So, would it be appropriate to mobilize this structure only passively?