So much information out there about stretching yet so much confusion! Do you know what you are doing, specifically when you stretch? Do you know what you are hoping to achieve? Do you do it for any particular reason? Did someone tell you to?
Let us dispel some common stretching myths and fix some stretching problems. [Read more…]
Not all stretches are made equal.
So here are our top 4 stretches. We have recommended techniques that are safest for your back but if you are concerned get in touch and we will personalise your stretching program.
Love your stretches
Stretching can help to improve flexibility and range of motion of the muscles and joints. Better flexibility may result in performance improvements and reduce injury.
Many lifestyle factors affect our muscle length including posture, prolonged sitting and weight training.
Because stretching effects your joints and connective tissue, as well as the muscle, caution needs to be taken when starting a stretching program. Consider chronic conditions or injuries which may prevent pain-free stretching (and may actually be causing more harm).
Give us a call on 02 8544 84 84 if you have further questions, or contact your medical practitioner for advice.
To stretch or not to stretch?
There is a lot of different options regarding stretching, hopefully this will help answer some of your questions.
How it works
As wikipedia suggests, stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific muscle or tendon (or muscle group) is deliberately stretched in order to improve the muscle’s felt elasticity. The result is a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility, and range of motion. Notably, the slower a stretch the more pliable the muscle becomes.