Previously, in the last blog we focused on what we call myofascial stretching. To complete this blog series we will discuss what’s called dynamic stretching. This is a type of stretching you can easily find on YouTube and is often used for warm-ups prior to a workout.
These stretches are called dynamic because they involve movement. With dynamic stretching we are taking a muscle and putting length into it through movement and then shortening the muscle when moving back into the starting position. This type of stretching allows the muscle to move through its full range of motion. When stretching like this you are even able to strengthen the muscle because it is put under load. Dynamic stretching has been shown through research to be a preferred stretching method prior to a workout versus ‘normal’ stretching. ‘Normal’ stretching can be inhibitory to the muscles making them less reactive which is not something we want before sport or a higher-level activity.
What are the pros to dynamic stretching?
What are the cons?
If you want to perform a dynamic stretch.
Go ahead and give this type of stretching a try. If you are having difficulty and want to learn how to do these stretches correctly then contact an expert. Stretching can be beneficial for easing pain and improving mobility, but it’s important to do them correctly and stretch the right muscles. At Body Evolution Physical Therapy & Wellness part we can build a stretching and strengthening program specifically for you. Feel free to give us a call and get on the phone with a Physical Therapist. We are happy to answer any questions you have about stretching.
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