09 Nov Why is stretching important?
Posted at 22:42h in My Folsom Chiropractor Blog
Stretching can take as little as 10 minutes, but provides multiple benefits to the body:
- Decreases pain and soreness after exercise
- Improves circulation
- Improves range of motion
- Improves posture
- Decreases muscle tension
- Reduces muscle soreness
- Improves your ability to relax
- Allows time for mental training, such as visualization
Stretching comes in the form of a “warm up” and a “cool down.”
- Helps to raise body temperature
- Increases blood flow
- Promotes oxygen supply to the muscles
- Helps prepare the mind, muscles and joints for the physical exercise to come
- Prevents blood from pooling in your limbs
- Helps prevent waste products, such as lactic acid, from building up in your muscles
- Helps your muscles and tendons relax and loosen, stopping them from becoming stiff and tight.
Proper Stretching Techniques:
- Perform balanced stretching. This means you should always stretch the muscles on both sides of your body evenly. Don’t stretch one side more than the other.
- Avoid over-stretching. Never stretch to the point of pain or discomfort. You will feel slight tension or a pull on the muscle at the peak of a stretch.
- Go slow! Always stretch slowly and evenly. Hold the stretch about 15 seconds and release slowly as well.
- Never bounce while stretching. This can cause injury as a muscle is pushed beyond its ability. All stretches should be smooth and slow