The last blog was focused on dynamic stretching. This blog we will discuss what most people consider normal stretching (static). This is the type of stretching you will typically find on YouTube videos or most healthcare providers will prescribe to you.
These stretches are focused on effecting the muscles. These stretches are held for a shorter duration than myofascial stretching and longer than most dynamic stretches. Each stretch is held for about 30 seconds and often repeated several times for the same body part. While many believe they are lengthening the muscle what is happening is the muscle simply relaxes. This type of stretching has a short effect on the nervous system causing a relaxation response. Tense muscles are those that do not seem to relax. When you stretch not only do relax the muscles, but also allow improved blood flow and oxygenation. This benefit is found in all types of stretching.
What are the pros to regular stretching?
What are the cons?
If you want to perform a ‘regular’ stretch.
*Remember not to stretch into pain*
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. Sometimes stretching a weakened muscle can make symptoms worse because that muscle needs strengthened. At Body Evolution Physical Therapy & Wellness part of our expertise is in finding out what muscles need stretched, and which ones strengthened. 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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