Advice

Apr 7, 2022

Stretching and when not to stretch


stretching advice with the st judes physios

“If you don’t use it, you lose it!” This is certainly very true where muscle flexibility and strength are concerned.  We tend to lose flexibility as we age and by stretching, we can help to avoid injury and to produce mood-boosting chemicals in the brain, helping us both physically and mentally.  Read more below:



Before and after exercise we should stretch - before exercise it’s thought best to focus on more dynamic stretches which involve movement as you are preparing the muscles, tendons and joints for activity.  After exercise, focus on doing static, more classic stretch postures, holding them for up to 30 seconds to give the muscles time to lengthen and recover.

Constantly tight muscles? If you find that no matter how hard you try, some of your muscles are always tight then think again before just repeatedly trying to stretch them. They may be “hanging on” because of some form of muscle imbalance, causing odd movement patterns.  An assessment from a Physiotherapist can enable you to do exercises to correct this, and then stretch the tightened muscle group(s).

If you feel that you might like a little more help to understand your body’s flexibility, or lack of it, seek the advice of a Chartered Physiotherapist who can assess and guide you to a more flexible, less injury-prone you.

Item by Moira D’Arcy, Physiotherapist and Practice Principal at St Judes.

 

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