Slide 3 of 13
This slide illustrates the mechanism of the stretch reflex. This reflex is important to understand because it explains why it is important to hold a stretch for an extended period of time (10-30 seconds). Attempts to stretch for shorter durations are limited by the opposing action of the stretch reflex.
Image reproduced with permission from Hole’s Anatomy and Physiology (Shiers, Butler and Lewis) - McGraw Hill Publishers