Stretching therapy

Nikos ApostolopouIos is a recovery specialist who uses therapeutic stretching and is director of the Serapis Stretch Therapy Clinic in Vancouver, Canada. This is the only such place in the world and is the precursor of stretching therapy. Many athletes or individuals with bone musculoskeletal problems are treated here.

Recovery is an important concept of training. Today’s athletes practice much more than ever before to achieve performance. There is no shortcut to reduce the training process. However, as long as the athlete can recover well, it can accelerate the best performance. Stretch combines rejuvenation and prevention. Stretching therapy can accelerate recovery after training or competition and increase exercise energy.

Stretching therapy has the potential to help restore the process. Constant competition increases the risk of injury. Excessive pressure on the spine, ligaments, tendons, and muscles, if not treated during the early athlete's career, may cause permanent damage. Stretching helps athletes and coaches to prevent injuries. Most of the coaches are interested in developing the following three major factors.

Rapid adaptation to training stimuli.
Good recovery rates during training time and in the game are free from injuries.

The goal of stretching therapy is as follows:

Makes muscles softer and improves exercise performance. Athletes rule out or quickly eliminate stiff fatigue products.


The healing that promoted minor damage was not visible to the naked eye at first, but became serious after years of recovery from improper training. At the beginning of any form of truth, stretching is the basis for preventing minor injuries.

Increase muscle elasticity and strength and resistance to damage. This function can expand the joints, ligaments and tendons.

The balance between muscle and muscle resistance.

We cannot train tired muscles. Fatigued muscles are easily injured. Proper recovery is very important. However, this must focus on the organs most in need of restoration, especially connective tissue (tendones, ligaments, muscle bundles, etc.) and supporting tissues (ligaments and bones). Any attempt to speed up the adaptation to training stimuli should be aimed at the recovery of these organs. How to proceed depends on the intensity, density, and duration of the training load.

Continuing and intense work affects the athlete's body and mind. Fatigue reduces the body's ability to tolerate high levels of activity because it lowers glucose levels, affects the muscles, central and peripheral nervous systems. The central nervous system requires glucose. Stretching therapy increases circulation, in particular, promotes venous return to the heart, helps remove waste from the body, and transports oxygen to oxygen-depleted tissues. The body can also restore the supply of glucose and promote relaxation and well-being. If the athlete has high-intensity training or competition on the next day, he or she should be prepared for both physical and mental health.

Then talk about the other important concept of stretching therapy on recovery, that is, the spatial awareness of the athletes or coaches, that is, the feeling of muscles, body internality, and environment (training and competition). Stretching helps athletes feel about their body and assess their muscles and injuries. This type of cognition assists in enhancing control and confidence to achieve peak performance.

It is very important to apply stretching therapy to training. The stretching energy of muscles, ligaments, tendons and muscle bundles, the range of motion of joints, and muscle contraction and coordination all affect our ability to move. Fierce competition puts pressure on the energy of our activities. For the systematic development of training, we can allow them to recover mentally and physically. Stretching therapy can be applied to all-year training programs, whether it is general training, preparation period or recovery period.

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