Benefits of Stretching

Stretching has so many benefits.  Just start a program of stretching, and you’ll soon notice many of them.  Some of the benefits of stretching are–

Stretch for health, relaxation and overall well-being!

  • relief from pain
  • increased energy levels
  • increased flexibility
  • better range of motion of the joints
  • greater circulation of blood to various parts of the body
  • relaxation and stress relief
  • enhanced muscular coordination
  • improved posture
  • greater sense of well-being

 

Increased flexibility and range of motion.

As we age, our muscles tighten and we have less range of motion in our joints. Simple activities that we once took for granted, like cutting our toenails, picking things up from the floor or zipping a dress, can all become difficult. A regular stretching program can help lengthen your muscles and make these daily activities easier and more enjoyable.

Improved circulation.

Stretching improves circulation of blood to the muscles and joints. Increased blood circulation, of course, brings nutrients to our cells and removes waste byproducts.

Better posture.

Chronically tense and tight muscles contribute to poor posture, which in turn can affect the functioning of our internal organs, not to mention our appearance. Stretching the muscles of the lower back, shoulders and chest can help keep the back in better alignment and improve posture.

Relaxation and stress relief.

Stretching, done properly, helps to relax tense muscles which result from stress. The feeling of relaxation brings a sense of well-being and relief from tension.

Reduce or prevent lower back pain.

Greater flexibility and range of motion in the hamstrings and muscles of the hips and pelvis help to reduce the stress on your spine that causes lower back pain.

What We’ve Learned from Stretching Experts,
Jacques Gauthier & Dorothée Lavoie

We’ve heard many peoples’ stories from stretching expert, Jacques Gauthier when he has taught stretching in our area.  In Jacques’ experience, the benefits of stretching are often much more far-reaching than those described above. He has known people who have reported great improvement and sometimes complete healing from arthritis, multiple sclerosis, headaches, back/neck/shoulder pain, bursitis, depression, fatigue and even conditions like fibromyalgia. (Read what Jacques has written about this.)

Jacques feels that the pain relief many people experience with stretching is due to its effect in reducing inflammation. The anti-inflammatory effect of stretching has been demonstrated in a study showing that stretching reduced heel pain in a condition known as plantar fasciitis. (Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition.)

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  2. This is a nice and concise write-up about stretching. It is very important to include stretching exercises in your fitness regimen. I’m glad I found this bit of research.

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  5. Thanks for this information. I work at a desk and computer work consists of alot of my responsibilities. I used to be in really good shape until I started my current sit-down job as an administrative assistant. I need to combat the seditary job I have been stuck in for 7 years now. I really have noticed my health decline from not being able to be more active in my job. Thanks again for the stretching info.

  6. i stretch to increase my range of motion ,and for pain relief, i suffer from thorasic disc herniation,stretching for me is an ongoing ,frequent task for me, in which i cant get by without. i didnt know stretching is good for circulation.

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  8. Stress is an illness and is so often overlooked as the caused of many a discomfort. Just half an hour of stretching each day will help to eliminate the symptoms that stress cause. Your body will feel more energetic, you will ache less during movement and you will gain added flexibility that will benefit you in general day to day life.

  9. This is wonderful information. Stretching is often so overlooked in the fitness world, but so critical to physical, mental, emotional health.
    It is something I instruct all my clients to do.
    Thanks for the post!

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  12. hey people. stretching is a great way to loosen up your bady so it is easier to certain thing in certain sports.

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