Stretching & Flexibility Training
When injury occurs, there is usually some associated loss of ability to move normally.
Loss of motion may be due to a number of factors, including pain, swelling, muscle spasm, shortening of connective tissue as a result of inactivity or immobilization; or some combination of these factors.
Restoring normal range of motion following injury is one of the primary goals in any rehabilitation program at RPT, and the use of passive range of motion (PROM), a hands-on technique whereby the therapist moves the body part for the patient, and active range of motion (AROM) performed by the patient; techniques that are typically used in combination to restore full function.
Stretching techniques for improving flexibility have evolved over many years and a variety of approaches, from static stretching (stretching a muscle and holding the position) to proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) that involves alternating contracting and stretching of muscles to increase their length, are used at RPT. Additionally, patients are advised about the importance of “warm-up” prior to stretching during the rehabilitation process and when they return to sports activity.