It's Simple, It's Free, It's...Stretching?

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It is considered by many to be the most beneficial and important exercises a person can do. It's cheap, it's simple, it requires no equipment, very little room, and no special clothes...it's stretching!

If you've been following our blog, you know we are huge proponents of stretching. Stretching allows us to move more easily, helps us to have better balance, and increases flexibility. But it can do so much more! Regular stretching can relieve pain in the low back, reduce muscle soreness, improve posture, promote relaxation, as well as allow for increased agility and athleticism. Stretching can reduce anxiety, stress, and tension, as well as fatigue. It improves circulation and mental alertness, while decreasing the risk of injury. Stretching can make your work easier, keep your body and mind in sync, and naturally make you feel better all around!

What Is It That Makes Stretching So Great?

Stretching is what prepares your muscles for exercise and exertion, and makes every muscle movement more efficient. Interesting, isn't it? During your next visit, we can provide you with a list of stretches that will help improve the condition of your spine - just ask! Along with our stretching suggestions, follow these easy steps:

  1. Before you begin stretching, warm your muscles up with dynamic movements like jumping jacks, slow biking, or jogging in place.
  2. Be sure that your stretches are performed in a slow and controlled manner. No wild windmills here!
  3. Once you start stretching, there's no need to bob or bounce. Those moves are less effective than holding the stretch, and can have serious consequences, including a number of injuries. 
  4. As you start each stretch, exhale, then relax and breathe normally throughout the stretch, holding each move for 20-30 seconds.
  5. Your stretches should be slightly uncomfortable. You want to feel the stretch in your muscles, not your joints, but don't push yourself to the point of pain or complete discomfort.
  6. Take your time and stretch your body on both sides.

Do you have any other tips for stretching? Tell us in the comments below!