The Importance of Stretching
Stretching has been proven to have a vast array of benefits in everything from injury prevention, postural correction, and rehabilitation. Whatever the reason, incorporating stretching into your daily routine has numerous advantages.
Everyone’s body is built differently. You may notice you are more flexible in some areas than the others (i.e. tight shoulders, but flexible hamstrings). Our flexibility is determined by our muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons. When you stretch, you want to focus on stretching the muscle, not the ligaments, because that can lead to injury. Muscles have an amazing ability to stretch to 1.5 times their length, which means they are very malleable! However, the greater your muscle mass, the more limitation you will have.
Stretching will increase your range of motion and circulation in the body. When there is more blood flow to the joints and muscles, it helps them to repair an injury. It is helpful to add stretching into a workout regimen so that you get the most out of every movement, such as going into a full squat. It can even help athletic performance.
It will increase your energy levels, and help you relax and relieve tension. Stretching is a great stress reliever. This promotes an overall sense of wellbeing throughout the entire body and mind.
If you have poor posture due to muscular imbalances, stretching can help to open those parts of the body. Over time, bad posture can lead to pain and injury by pulling the body out of alignment. It is important to keep the muscles pliable in order to support the entire body.
The practice of stretching has been known to help many ailments, from depression to joint pain, headaches, and more. There are many different types of stretching, and it is important to know which kind will help you the best. Static stretching is often used in yoga classes where you hold postures for an extended period of time. Dynamic stretching, on the other hand, uses movement to move in and out of stretching poses without holding them. Additionally, there is PNF stretching, which stands for Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, uses a combination of static and dynamic stretching techniques often used in rehabilitation settings so the muscle or joint functions properly upon rest or activity.