The only effective way to reduce muscle tightness that causes lower back pain!
The Stretchband one of the simplest, yet most effective recovery tools on the market. It is a loop of high tension elastic designed to make it easy to stretch key muscles groups.
Muscles generally become tight from too much, or too little physical activity. Without regular stretching they remain shortened and this can lead to changes in posture that cause pain.
When used correctly and regularly, this simple flexibility tool will help reduce lower back pain, knee pain and relieve upper back and neck tightness. It is also useful for recovery from a range of sports injuries including hamstring and calf strains and corked thighs.
Effective stretching is about following a sequence of simple stretches. This will help maintain body positioning, and promote correct technique over time. Below are the four most important stretching sequences that should be included in any flexibility program. How does your stretching routine compare?
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Stretching correctly is a key component of improving posture, reducing aches and pains and increasing joint range of motion. If you move better, you’ll feel better!
Anything is better than nothing, so using a towel wont hurt, but it’s not very effective. Most people cheat when they stretch by rotating their hips or pelvis to make it easier. The Stretchband has been designed to loop around the waist and foot to minimize hip rotation, maintain your foot in dorsi-flexion and help isolate individual muscle groups, for the most effective type of stretch. It is also great for neural (nerve) stretching, the painful but essential type of stretching that most people try to avoid.
Try both techniques and compare the difference.
The very nature of physical training causes stresses which if left unattended will lead to increased muscular tone, tight muscles and eventually to limited joint movement. Similar stresses can be caused by those who work physically hard. Shortening of muscles also occurs as a result of just sitting all day.
Stretching a muscle once will not have any real long term affect on improving its length or tightness. Most people’s effort to stretch is ineffectual because of poor technique or lack of commitment. Establishing a good flexibility and mobility routine will significantly improve how you feel, and have a strong effect on improving athletic performance.
For patients recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery, the running re-education phase of their rehabilitation is crucial to establish glute activation and effective quad control.
I use the stretchband as a field training tool to help athletes understand the correct body position and technique they need to complete the activation drill exercises properly. This gives them the best chance possible of a successful return to play.
It’s as simple as having them step inside the band and positioning it around their abdominals, with me standing directly behind holding the band, to create tension. I then get the patient to perform a series of stepping, hopping and running drills under band resistance.
From here I can observe any muscle weakness or imbalance and correct functional movement abnormalities as I see them. The tension of the band helps create control so the patient can ‘feel’ what I can see. This technique is equally effective in the clinic. Once patients have mastered simple resisted balance and stepping drills we progress to functional drills outside.
Cameron Lillicrap – Physiotherapist
Queensland Reds Rugby Union Team