The Key Technique Used By All Physical Therapy Offices
There are many different factors that cause tightness in your muscles or decreased range of motion – muscle strain, chronic stress, repetitive movements, or sitting in the same stationary position day in, day out. Many of us don’t think about stretching every day (whether we need it or not), but it is one of the best things we can do for our body. Especially for those who are sedentary or aren’t active, you are predisposed to increased tightness in the muscles. Cold weather can also cause muscles to tense up and tighten. Stretching will not only help reduce muscle tension, but will increase range of motion, blood circulation, and energy levels, and decrease levels of lactic acid and risk of injury. Static stretching is great place to start. Static stretching is stretching while the body is at rest, and stretching to a point of tension – not pain – and holding it for at least 20-30 seconds. Yoga is another great form of stretching and tension relief! Tune in as Physical Therapist Dominic Turner explains how stretching works and what it can do for your body.