AIS-Active Isolated
Stretching and Strengthening

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Active Isolated Stretching

What is AIS?

AIS (Active Isolated Stretching) is a series of specialized repetitive movements, done in a specific order, targeting myofasical (muscular and connective tissue) injury and restriction. For those dedicated to training, AIS will enhance performance, maximize gains and reduce risk of injury.

Why AIS Works?

AIS works with primary laws of the body. It allows elongation of muscle and fascial tissue without engaging the body’s protective mechanisms that would inhibit safe and effective stretching. Neuromuscular training occurs with each stretch, and the brain and nervous system lay down new neural pathways immediately upon increasing the range of motion.

How AIS Works

There are two basic principles that provide the foundation for how AIS works:

The first is reciprocal inhibition, a process whereby, while contracting one muscle or muscle group, it’s opposing muscle or muscle group is neurologically turned off. By involving the nervous system in the stretch, muscles and fascial tissue are allowed to elongate more naturally.

The second involves bypassing the body’s myotatic stretch reflex. This is accomplished by utilizing a 1.5 to 2 second hold of each stretch. Holding a stretch for longer than this engages the stretch reflex, causing a contraction of the individual muscle or group.

Avoiding the stretch reflex provides a gentler, more productive stretch, without the body’s resistance to it.

Who We Are

Al Meo has been an Advanced Active Isolated Stretching instructor since 1993, with 16 years experience in a busy physical therapy setting. He has helped thousands of clients and athletes relieve their pain. Al currently teaches AIS techniques to students and healthcare professionals throughout the Midwest. Al is also approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education approved provider.

Kristy Lancaster has been licensed and nationally certified since 2002. She has continued to complete extensive training and is certified in Orthopedic Massage and Deep Tissue Massage, is a certified Corrective Personal Trainer, and is an Advanced AIS Therapist.

Dawn Siegler has been licensed and nationally certified since 2002. She has continued to complete extensive training in Deep Tissue Massage with a speciality in Orthopedic Massage and is a Corrective Exercise Specialist and an Advanced AIS Therapist.

You can make an appointment anytime, either at the front desk or by calling Lindstrom Chiropractic at 630-896-3377.

Benefits of AIS

- Greatly increases mobility and flexibility
- Reduces risk of injury
- Rehabilitates muscle, tendon, and joint injuries
- Increases circulation
- Enhances athletic performance
- Facilitates the flow of lymphatic fluid

Conditions AIS improves

- Low back pain
- Whiplash/Neck pain
- Headaches
- Sciatica/Hip pain
- Foot/Knee problems
- Shoulder injury
- Neurological disorders Carpal tunnel
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tendonitis
- and many more...