Active Isolated Stretching
So I was training for a marathon and after a particularly grueling 22 mile run (is there really any other kind of 22 mile run?), I could barely walk for the pain. I went to a doctor, and he really didn't give me much help, because there wasn't anything torn or surgury worthy. Next I went to see a sports massage therapist, who showed me a new way to stretch called active isolated stretching. here is a link. i will summaraize as well...
Basically, you contract the opposing muscle (think bicep/tricep), and only hold the stretch for 1-2 seconds, never going into the "pain zone". do 10 reps per muscle group, and experiment with different angles as well.
I healed very quickly using the techniques, as well as the RICE method and now I am running pain free for the first time, well, ever. I imagine that this will translate well into MA once I join a BJJ school, which I hear is hell on the non-flexible body.
note: I read the stickied stretching post, and didn't see mention of this type of stretching so I thought I would add a new thread, so people would be more apt to look at it and hopefully learn something.