Stretching is a natural response – we feel our muscles are tight, we move around and we stretch = we feel relief.
Aside from leaving you feeling good stretching:
- Increases your flexibility and range of motion
- Improves Posture and body awareness (decreasing your chance of repetitive strain injuries/issues)
- Increases Circulation
- Helps relieve stress
Many patients I see experience areas that they chronically hold tension in certain muscles. I try to emphasize the importance of stretching these areas on a regular basis as a preventive measure rather than stretching on a reactive basis (when these areas have already flared up). Stretching these problem areas on a regular basis increases body awareness so they can react to slight signals from the body and alleviate the issue before it becomes a problem. The result is less flare ups, increased mobility and improved tissue health (Win- Win!)
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