Stretching enhances movement and athletic performance, lengthens muscle fibres and increases flexibility by increasing the range of motion of a joint or limb. Stretching allows greater ability to move freely and without restrictions or pain and can minimize the occurrence of tendon or ligament strains. As well as increasing strength and power and reducing muscle soreness and fatigue, regular stretching such as yoga or Pilates for instance, promotes good posture and general feelings of wellbeing.
Passive stretching or assisted stretching is a technique used by remedial therapists to help apply further stretching to tight and restricted areas. These techniques when correctly administered can be a very effective rehabilitation tool.
It is vitally important that the correct techniques are used and the best results occur in combination with other appropriate exercise techniques and conditioning programs