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What type of treatment is AquaStrechTM?

Lori Sherlock, MS, ATRIC, AEA Fitness Specialist, CSCS

October 6, 2014

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What is AquaStretchTM?

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AquaStretchTM is a 10-step procedure that can be extrapolated upon.  Therapists have a great understanding of physiology and anatomy, which will assist, in the level of effectiveness that can be achieved with this technique.  The purpose of this technique is to release myofascial adhesions.  Adhesions can form between the muscle fibers, the tendons, ligaments, nerves, organs, lymph glands, blood vessels, or anywhere within the body that has fascia.  In other words, they can form anywhere.  They are temporary hardenings particularly around injured or overused areas.  They form because our body is trying to heal.  It is as if it is saying, “Okay, I want you to stop moving so much so that you can rest, rejuvenate, and heal.  I am going to build this structure and hardened these fascial adhesions so that your movement is restricted, and I can heal.”  In a healthy body, once the healing has occurred, exercise and basic movement will release those adhesions.  These myofascial adhesions may not release on their own in individuals that have overuse or repetitive patterns and then prematurely use an injured area.  The same can be said in people who are genetically predisposed or in those who suffer from under use.  We are assisting in breaking up those adhesions with AquaStretchTM


lori sherlock

Lori Sherlock, MS, ATRIC, AEA Fitness Specialist, CSCS

Lori A. Sherlock is an assistant professor in the School of Medicine at West Virginia University.  She coordinates and teaches the aquatic therapy curriculum within the division of Exercise Physiology and is proud to state that it is the only one like it in the nation.  Lori is an Aquatic Exercise Association trainer and a member of the Aquatic Exercise Association’s Research Committee.  She contributes often to the AKWA magazine and has a great interest in furthering the field of aquatics through research.  Lori has also presented for the APTA, NSCA, International Aquatic Fitness Conference as well as the World Aquatic Health Conference.


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