Why Stretching is So Important
Do you have a home office, or do you go into work? Have you found yourself binge-watching television or scrolling through your social media feeds after work? These questions have led many to want to consider how much time they spend sitting each day.
Excessive sitting can be dangerous, even if it doesn’t appear to be harmful. You’re more likely to develop chronic diseases that lead to early mortality if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. Incorporating stretching and movement as an everyday practice now will ensure a healthier future.
Make a Daily Plan to Incorporate Stretching into Your Routine
Not aware of the numerous health advantages of stretching? Consistent stretching, according to the Mayo Clinic, improves joint range of motion, promotes flexibility and protects you from injury.
Your body is missing out on some important health benefits if stretching is not part of your regular practice. The very good news is that it is never too late to begin.
Start with a qualified team of movement experts that can develop a personalized stretching strategy for you based on your particular mobility constraints while still working toward your fitness objectives.
Correcting your areas of inflexibility through routine stretching can benefit you by:
- Restoring and maintaining your joint and tissue ideal range of motions
- Improving your efficiency and quality of movement during a variety of functional tasks, which leads to improved athletic performance, better productivity at work and better quality of life
- Correcting abnormal or compensatory movement patterns that may otherwise increase tissue tension and tissue damage
- Reducing your risk of injury
- Increasing blood flow and circulation in your tissues and boosting tissue health
Many people also find that stretching on a daily basis helps them cope with their emotions.
It is now known that stress causes changes in your neurological system, which alters the structure and tension of your musculoskeletal tissues. Stretching lowers body tension and aids in the induction of neurological changes, which in turn relieves mental tension.
Incorporating stretching in your daily routine offers numerous benefits. Stretching can also be a delightful way to conduct daily self-care and pay attention to our bodies.
The Benefits of Creating a Stretching Routine with a Stretch & Recovery Therapist
The full benefits of stretching will include movements that target specific mobility or tightness issues.
A stretch & recovery therapist can help you figure out which stretches are the most beneficial for you. Your therapist can also help you avoid damage by instructing you how to perform new motions properly.
Your range of motion will be tested during your first appointment with a stretch therapist. This allows your therapist to clearly identify which areas in your body have tense or tightened tissues that could benefit from proper mobilization and flexibility exercises.
In addition, a therapist may uncover underlying postural problems that contribute to inflexibility. You may have tight hamstrings as a result of a weak core or a poor ergonomic setup at work, for example.
Your stretch & recovery therapist can also help you optimize your stretching plan by:
- Teaching you how to stretch properly. Physical therapists rely on the science of body mechanics to build highly effective and customizable stretching routines.
- Demonstrating different stretching techniques. Holding a stretch statically is just one way to work on your mobility. Learn more ways to stretch in stretch & recovery therapy.
- Increasing manual therapy into your routine. Manual techniques like joint mobilizations and massage improve joint alignment, reduce swelling and stiffness, and break up painful adhesions.
- Evaluating your movement quality before and after stretching. Your therapist will help you see the “before” and “after” changes in your movement patterns to give you extra feedback and motivation for keeping up with your stretching routine.
Stretching is an extremely important part of body maintenance, injury prevention, and overall health.
REACH’s 2 STEP APPROACH TO RECOVERY THERAPY
1. IDENTIFY THE ROOT CAUSES OF YOUR ACHES AND PAINS
At Reach, we start your Stretch and Recovery journey with your Mobility Risk Factor Assessment. This assessment allows us to pinpoint the causes of your aches and pains, muscle imbalances and weakness, and posture or mobility limitations. After your assessment, we can proceed to step 2!
2. CUSTOMIZE YOUR RECOVERY THERAPY PROGRAM
Based on your Mobility Risk Factor Assessment, a custom Stretch & Recovery therapy plan will be created. The program is designed just for you and will target your areas of concern and interest. Each session includes a balanced blend of Corrective Stretch, Percussion, Compression, CBD, and Heat Vibration Therapy. This takes the guesswork out of choosing the Stretch and Recovery therapies that will be best for you!