microStretching® Theory and Foundations course is intended for Certified Athletic Trainers/Therapists or other allied health care professions. The Fundamentals for fitness professionals is for strength and conditioning coaches, coaches, personal trainers, yoga instructors, etc.
microStretching® is not about flexibility training it is about recovery and regeneration. However, a byproduct of this low intensity stretching technique is an improvement in flexibility.
microStretching® involves both active (self) and passive or assisted stretching (therapist & patient). In order to participate in assisted stretching and manual therapy courses, you must be in a profession where this is within your scope of practice.
microStretching® challenges the notion of no pain no gain, in fact the greatest gain is made with no pain. This non-invasive, pain free technique, developed through evidence- based practice, looks at the relationship between stretching intensity and inflammation.
microStretching® can be done both actively (self-stretching) and passively. Passive microStretching is a table based stretching technique using the principles of Stability Balance & Control (SBC), and the notion of no pain.
Dr. Nikos C. Apostolopoulos is the founder of Stretch Therapy® and microStretching®. After suffering a serious motor vehicle accident in 1989, resulting in a a spinal fusion at C5-C6, Nikos created microStretching in order to help himself recover. The thing he noticed was that the gentler the stretch the better the results for pain alleviation. microStretching was developed in Vancouver, BC, Canada.