It’s almost as if your body is trying to tell you something, isn’t it?
Incorporating stretches and exercises that focus on flexibility into your daily routine, whatever it may be, can help your body maintain the ability to move through its full range of motion without pain.
The benefits are real.
For example, improving the mobility of your mid-back (thoracic spine) can go a long way towards reducing your low back pain, improving your posture, and even decreasing your likelihood of experiencing shoulder issues.
All that said, there are right and wrong ways to stretch.
Knowing the differences and understanding how to stretch with proper technique will help you stay more energized throughout the day and can also improve the flexibility of your joints.
Why it Matters:
There are two main types of stretches: static and dynamic.
Static stretching involves stretching different parts of the body to the point of tension (not pain).
When “cold” muscles are stretched in this manner, the stretch itself may actually contribute to muscle tightness, so it’s best to perform these stretches with warm muscles.
Unlike static stretching which involves moving a joint to a point of slight discomfort and holding it for a length of time, dynamic stretching is based on movement and can be used to warm up muscles.
Dynamic stretching is about moving your body through your common ranges of motion with the goal of increasing your range of motion with each repetition of the stretch.
Pilates exercises for example involve a lot of dynamic stretching.
When done routinely, dynamic stretching can help release muscle tension, increase energy levels, and improve the delivery of nutrients to your muscles.
If you need help getting started with stretch therapy in Edison Park/Jefferson Park, Big Oaks, be sure to give our team a call (yes, we do that too!).
While you can stretch anytime, anywhere, knowing how to stretch with proper technique is key. Stretching incorrectly can do more harm than good.
First and foremost, never stretch to the point of pain.