Top Benefits of Stretching – What They Are and The Importance of Stretching Everyday
You need that flexibility to maintain a wide range of motion in your joints because without it, your muscles will shorten and tighten up.
Then what happens when you go to use those muscles?
They’re weak, don’t extend all the way, and you feel sore. This is the importance of daily stretching.
Benefits of stretching include getting your body ready to move, improved work performance, mental clarity and preventing potential injury.
Stretching is not just essential for athletes but for everyone. Many people have desk jobs who are prone to tightened hip flexors and neck extensors for example. These tightened muscles can put unwarranted stress on the lower back and neck causing pain later.
It seems hard to find time out of our busy day to perform stretches, so a great way to combat this is to make the time while we do other activities.
Some examples could be…
Taking a warm shower and do some hamstring and quad stretches.
While waiting for your coffee to brew, just pull your head down to your chest to stretch your neck extensors. (These are the muscles associated with forward head carriage and that annoying pain at the base of the neck).
Try some yoga stretches while taking in your evening show.
You’ll find the benefits of daily stretching give you:
- Improved posture
- Increased flexibility and range of motion
- Increased blood flow to your muscles
- Heal and prevent back/neck injury
It’s also one of the best ways for you to release stress, maintain a calm mind and importantly, protect your mental wellness.
Do you need help with stretching? Do you have annoying pain that just won’t seem to go away no matter what you try?
Give us a call at Thrive Spine and Sports Rehab to set up an appointment to discuss with one of our great rehab specialists in Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, and Acupuncture.