Releasing Muscle Guarding

Muscle guarding is a protective response in muscles that results from pain and the fear of movement.  Each time the body feels pain the mechanism called muscle guarding will tighten the muscles around the knee joint in an effort to protect the knee from movement. However if this automatic mechanism is left untreated the hips, back and evenly the shoulders will start to tighten up and create problems over the whole body.

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial which is the best type of stretching to release muscle guarding. This method of stretching is also known to work with the body’s natural physiological makeup to improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle joints and fascia. Performing AIS stretch by oneself or with a trainer, the muscles around the knee will start to loosen up bringing the body back into balance and restoring the proper alignment necessary to promote healing.


  1. Less stiffness in the morning
  2. Legs fell stronger and body feels supported
  3. Muscles are ready to be strengthen
  4. Walking gait returns to normal

A regular stretching routine can help lengthen your muscles, increase range of motion in your joints and relieve stiffness. Staying flexible is especially important as we age and our muscles get tighter. Tight muscles hold your body in a restricted position so knee joints become less mobile which can trigger the pain cycle.

Ref: Active Isolated Stretching, Using AIS to Restore Range of Motion & Resolve Longstanding Problems Page 4, Viewed 11/2019


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