Melinda Gale

Fitness & Lifestyle

Recap: Second Annual Resistance Stretching Symposium

Sadly, I wasn't able to attend the Second Annual Resistance Stretching Symposium but that didn't stop me from getting the inside scoop as to what went down. Check out the key learnings below! 

Keynote Speakers/Breakout Sessions at the Second Annual Resistance Stretching Symposium:

Rolflex Breakout Session: In the Rolflex breakout session, attendees learned the benefits of utilizing leverage for self-massage vs. traditional tools that rely on gravity or your own muscle strength to create pressure.  A basic introduction to the neurology involved in Active Release Therapies was discussed as it relates to the treatment and prevention of most chronic overuse injuries, such as Tennis Elbow or Jumpers Knee. The second half of the class was spent with an introduction to the latest addition to the Resistance Stretching arsenal of tools: The Rolflex.  This tool is the first device ever created that lets you perform self-administered "mashing" or Active Release and true Trigger Point therapy on the body. The Rolflex is a simple, self-care tool designed to liberate your pain, reduce tension and speed muscle recovery with a superior, all-in-one body solution that’s affordable, versatile and extremely portable. With advanced biomechanics and an ergonomic design, Rolflex is a complete body solution— providing an intuitive way to amplify pressure and apply massaging techniques to help people feel and perform better.

Dynamic Contraction Technique- The Dynamic Contraction Technique AKA DCT was created by Nic Bartolotta, chief clinical officer of Rolflex and licensed physical therapist. In the session, the DCT team explained that this technique is a system that improves posture and eliminates muscular imbalances through proprietary protocols involving actively stretching muscle and facial tissue in the body. DCT uses the same sequence of contractions as the combining isotonics variation of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching (or PNF), however, when applied there is a critical and profound difference between DCT™ and PNF. The difference has to do with communication and education. DCT™ is a collaborative process where an understanding of what the treatment is supposed to feel like is needed in order to facilitate the treatment. Dynamic Contraction Technique™ is a phenomenal diagnostic tool to resolve postural and muscular dysfunction within the body.

Jules Mitchell Yoga and Charlie Reid Fitness- Jules Mitchell, a Los Angeles based yoga teacher, manual therapist and educator, and Charlie Reid, an intelligent strength and conditioning fitness coach, discussed the science of resistance stretching and present relevant evidence from the fields of biomechanics and neurophysiology. A blend of theoretical concepts and practical application, this talk is tailored towards developing an accurate understanding of the mechanisms behind resistance stretching and the emerging concepts and evidence surrounding the practice. Mitchell and Reid looked at structural vs functional adaptations and how resistance stretching can influence both, while also supporting and funneling into other modes of rehabilitation and performance training. This, in turn, delivered a strong, principle-based background by which attendees could guide their decision-making process.