Kinesiological Stretching is a type of neuromuscular physical exercise designed to stretch a particular muscle. Named after kinesiology, this technique is used to gain flexibility, range of motion, and strength to achieve a new range of functional flexibility that can be applied to leg lifts, kicking, jumping, and dancing. gymnastics, yoga, cheerleading, ballet, martial arts techniques, etc. This neuromuscular technique is widely used to minimize the risk of muscle injury when stretching to achieve muscle flexibility.
Kinesiological stretching isolates the actions of the muscles one by one. It focuses mainly on muscles that are tighter than others. This method of stretching goes further and also helps to gain flexibility and strength faster than other stretching methods.
The basic use of this technique is to train and stretch a particular muscle, while traditional methods like dynamic stretching, static stretching, PNF stretching, and so on. mainly concern more than one muscle simultaneously. Kinesiological stretching is used to train particular muscles to reach a movement beyond the normal range. Generally, there are different factors limiting the range of motion of different muscles beyond the normal range, and these limiting factors are known as passive limiting factors. Kinesiological stretch eliminates these passive limiting factors. Kinesiological stretching is used to avoid the stretching reflex, while increasing the range of motion of a specific muscle. This is remarkably different from previously known stretching techniques, which seek to increase the ROM (or range of motion) in a specific degree of freedom of a joint or group of joints. The stretching method is also used in the treatment of abnormal scapulothoracic joint combined with the patient’s consciousness of his postural faults.
Like other types of stretching exercises, kinesiological stretching can lead to injury, especially if performed quickly. Engaging in the stretching method without proper movement can result in muscle tension or tears.