Thursday, April 18, 2024

Assisted Stretching Comes to Boca, Delray

Got some kinks, tightness, aches and pains? Maybe what you need is a good stretch.

The Stretch Zone Method is now available at Barre++ (5821 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton) and Larit Chiropractic (3185 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach).

The Stretch Zone Method uses what’s referred to as “assisted stretching.” Depending on a variety of different factors and circumstances, the stretching could be active or passive. Those factors include whether it’s done before or after an athletic activity, if the person has a neuromuscular condition and so on.

“The Stretch Zone Method is not a one-size-fits-all methodology,” Stretch Zone, Inc. CEO and founder Jorden Gold says in an email interview. “The only thing that Stretch Zone is dogmatic about is the proper positioning, stabilization, isolation and stretching the muscles in the correct order and doing so with some regards to the stretch reflex.”

The benefits of the method include:

  • Correcting compensational shifts and muscle imbalances
  • Increasing and maintaining range of motion
  • Enhancing physical and athletic skills
  • Improving sleeping patterns
  • Increasing muscle relaxation
  • Relieving stiffness and soreness
  • Feeling lighter and younger
  • Reducing stress

The Stretch Zone Method was developed based on a series of neuromuscular behavior principles, including Wolff’s and Sherington’s Laws, the stretch reflex and reciprocal inhibition.

“We are thinking about stretching all wrong,” Gold says. “Many assume that the static reach-and-hold method is just what our muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons need to permanently improve elasticity and increase muscle length. Yet the latest research indicates that this is far from the best approach to achieve full range of motion and active mobility.”

Studies show that flexibility lasts only 15 minutes after stretching. While the muscles do stretch out during activity, that effect is only temporary: the muscles move back toward its original length when the stretch is released.

But the Stretch Zone works differently. Instead of pushing limbs to its limits and incurring soreness, the method works on increasing flexibility beyond those 15 minutes.

“The method rests on the notion that manipulating our muscles’ nervous energy is a major key to unlocking our body’s functional flexibility,” Gold says.

That nervous energy is known as the stretch reflex. It’s the body’s automatic response to overstretching. When it senses that your movements are going too far or held for too long, your body resists the stretch and instead ends up straining.

“When your body is stabilized correctly, it doesn’t have fear,” he says. “It can relax and allow the full stretch to occur.”

The Stretch Zone practitioners are all certified through a certification program, and most of them have started off as massage therapists, sports physiologists, personal trainers, physical therapists or chiropractors. They are also encouraged to take continuing education courses every two years.

“The great benefit of practitioner assisted stretching is the ability to control and alter the timing of and even overcome the stretch reflex,” he says.

A stretch session costs $50 for 30 minutes and $90 for 55 minutes. There are also packages available.

There are currently 30 locations that offer the method across South Florida, but watch out for more locations opening up throughout Boca Raton and Delray Beach. For more information, go to: stretchzonepb.com.

In other news…

November Proclaimed Curing Stomach Cancer Month in Broward

Awareness about a little-known cancer just got a boost. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief issued a proclamation declaring November as Curing Stomach Cancer Month in Broward County.

More than 22,000 Americans are diagnosed with stomach cancer each year, and almost one million are diagnosed worldwide. Here’s a startling statistic: Stomach cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and fourth in women worldwide. Still, stomach cancer gets the least amount of federal funding of any cancer, according to a press release from Debbie’s Dream Foundation And there is not screening in the U.S. for the disease, so 80 percent of stomach cancer patients are diagnosed at late, incurable stages.

In recognition of November’s designation as Curing Stomach Cancer Month, Debbie’s Dream Foundation is holding events throughout the month, including an international Stomach Cancer Jeans Day.  For more about Debbie’s Dream Foundation and Curing Stomach Cancer Month, and for the most current upcoming events, visit the website or call 954/475-1200.

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About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

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