Syosset PT & Athletic Training - Shape Stretch Flexibility Kit - Pickup

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The Shape Stretch Bar and Exercise System is used in Syosset Physical Therapy and Athletic Training as a tool to allow patients to perform assisted stretching. This enables patients to begin getting flexible before treatment and after they receive manipulations from a trainer. The device has been tested and approved by Dr. Raymond Cecora (read the interview below)

The Syosset PT & AT Shape Stretch Flexibility Kit Includes:

  1. Shape Stretch Assisted Stretching Bar for maintaining flexibility with assisted stretching (3lbs.)
    (Pink or White Shape Stretch Bar)
  2. Customized stretching routines and exercises from your trainer's recommendations right to your inbox or phone
  3. Guide to assisted Stretching - 16 page Full Color Stretching Manual
  4. Online video stretching routines for increasing flexibility across muscle groups 
  5. Simple purchase and pick up at Syosset Physical Therapy and Athletic Training in Syosset. 115 Eileen Way, Syosset, NY 11791 
    (Home delivery also available)

Dr. Raymond Cecora, Doctor of Physical Therapy at Park PT in Massapequa discusses the value of the new Shape Stretch Bar, which he tested in his practice to determine how to enhance post treatment stretching for patients.

Question: How has the Shape Stretch Bar been helpful in your physical therapy practice?

Answer: It helps the physical therapist be more efficient. It cuts down the amount of time we have to spend on someone to get an effective stretch. An effective stretch takes minutes to do. You know, studies say thirty seconds, but to really get the soft tissue to change you have to spend time on it. So instead of the therapist standing there passively, pushing on someone’s leg for 15 minutes, the patient can use it in the clinic and effectively stretch their leg while using less force, and the therapist can work on another patient in the meantime.

Question: What are the benefits of assisted stretching in your opinion?

Answer: By using the Shape Stretch Bar for assisted stretching, you increase the lever arm so you don’t have to create so much force to assist it. Say you do an active stretch, you can only generate the amount of force that the antagonist muscle can create. On an assisted stretch, you can use your arms to create more force because the longer lever arm creates more torque. So the assisted stretch creates a lot more force, that in turn stretches the soft tissue, which in turn elongates the muscle- the whole point- the only point of the stretch.

Question: Is Shape Stretch a good tool for passive stretching on your own at home?

Answer: Yes. To really get a muscle to change, especially a 2-joint muscle that tends to get tight, like the hamstring for example, it takes a lot of stretching to get that to change. So if you’re coming to physical therapy 1 or 2 times a week, or even 3 times a week, it’s not going to work. You need to stretch that muscle, a home exercise program is key. You really need to get in there and stretch, and sometimes even stretching every day it still takes weeks to get a good improvement, so the home exercise program is extremely important. And to make that program as easy as possible is very important. The less you are straining, and the less you are twisting, the lower your chances are of hurting yourself during the stretch, and the bar allows you to mitigate the risks of both by allowing the patient to use less force yet still change the muscle.

Question: Would you recommend Shape Stretch to people who are recommended to stretch by their doctors or therapists?

Answer: Yes. In today’s world insurance doesn’t cover enough therapy visits to create a lasting change. If a patient isn’t doing passive stretching, active stretching, on their own at home, the muscles are just going to tighten up again, especially 2-joint superficial muscles- the hamstrings, the hip flexor, the bicep, the gastrocnemius.... All these 2-joint muscles will tighten up again. So I think it’s important for patients to do a home exercise program while they’re undergoing rehab, and also do a daily home exercise program consisting of a good amount of stretching upon their discharge, or else they’re just going to wind up back in therapy.