Partner-assisted stretching is ideal, since the subject can be in a fully relaxed state (not having to maintain and work to stretch within a particular posture) and can thus achieve a deeper level of stretch with less discomfort. Similarly, by augmenting a fuller range of motion during strengthening (emphasizing the more effective "eccentric" vs. "concentric" phase) faster strength gains can be achieved, particularly with regard to strengthening the typically weaker core musculature, than the individual could on their own. While it may initially sound contrary, partner-assisted exercises can be more aggressive (yet well tolerated) and hence more efficient than working alone. INTEGRITY PT offers these assisted therapeutic exercise programs to get you on the fast track to success!
I have 33 years of diverse clinical experience specializing in the treatment of musculo-skeletal pain syndromes due to adaptive muscle shortening and muscle imbalances of strength and flexibility. I treat competitive athletes, workers and the advanced elderly. They all have in common shortened musculature and some form of muscle imbalance. Treatment resolves pain, optimizes athletic potential, and among the elderly physical independence is restored.