Benefits of Stretching
There are many benefits to regular stretching such as it can help increase your flexibility, range of motion, circulation, posture, and enhance performance in physical activities as well as decreasing pain, stiffness and even stress. In order to see results, stretching has to happen on a regular basis. I always like to give the example of asking “do you brush your teeth every day? If you don’t brush your daily, what will happen? In correlation, stretching has to be a part of your daily routine just as brushing your teeth is”.
Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong and healthy and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints and without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. When muscles are tight, it can put you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage.
Keeping our muscles long, lean, and flexible with regular stretching will prevent exertion from putting too much force on the muscle itself. Healthy muscles also help a person with balance problems to avoid falls.
Find a Physical Therapist who can assess your flexibility and muscle strength to create a stretching program to fit your needs.
Make sure when you are stretching you are performing a static hold for 30 seconds. Don’t bounce while you stretch because it can cause injury and you should feel tension during a stretch but not feel any pain.
If you have any questions we can help you at Chesapeake Bay and Aquatic Physical Therapy. We also provide Manual Stretching Boutique services. Stretch your way into 2020! Give us a Call!!!