The Benefits of Stretching
Stretching can serve to enhance your quality of life at every age!
Top benefits of Stretching include:
Stretching improves circulation of blood to the muscles and joints. Increased blood circulation, of course, brings nutrients to our cells and removes waste such as toxins which harm our immune system.
Increased Oxygen Flow
Oxygen is one of the body’s natural healers. Under stress, increasing the oxygen flow throughout the body will help with healing and will also help alleviate pain. By combining deep breaths with your stretching, you maximize the response potential of improvement to muscle tension.
Stretching the Whole Body
Stretching the whole body will help heal pain even if that pain is localised to one area. This is because all areas of the body are connected through the connective tissue fascia which is a sheath that covers all of the musculature throughout the body.
Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles. This significant benefit can help speed up healing time because muscles with good circulation are bathed in nutrients. Good circulation also ensures that wastes are removed more quickly from your muscles. Over time, the increased circulation that comes with stretching your trapezius can help improve this muscle group’s health and may even improve the health of nearby muscles. If you spend all day at a computer, increased circulation can help reduce tension in your trapezius and prevent painful muscles. The improved circulation that comes with stretching can even improve your overall cardiovascular health.
Muscles that are stretched regularly are more flexible, making it easier to move through your full range of motion. This can improve balance, coordination, and increase your athletic performance. Even if you’re not a fitness buff, stretching can make everyday activities easier, such as typing on a computer — which can put strain on your trapezius — and maintaining proper posture.
Reduced Injury Risk
It’s generally better to stretch muscles that have been warmed up, so avoid stretching your trapezius if you’ve been sitting all day. Instead, get up and get moving — perhaps by slowly rolling your neck — before beginning more intense stretching.
Muscle pain can be caused by tension, which stretching can help alleviate. A tense trapezius is particularly likely to contribute to tension headaches, upper back pain and arm pain. By regularly stretching your neck and shoulders, you can help eliminate painful muscle knots and reduce tension throughout your upper body.
The most important requirement for healthy ligaments and muscles is steady blood flow to these tissues. Working preventatively by stretching can limit the amount of stress on our bodies and reduce likelihood of injury.
If you or someone you know suffers from pain, it is not-advised to begin a new exercise program without consulting first with your health practitioner, who specifically assesses & treats back and neck pain. It is important to first get an accurate diagnosis for the cause of pain, as specific exercises recommended will depend on the cause. For assistance with pain, book your consultation at the Family Wellness Group today.
Dr Rachel Murphy
In clinical practice, I continue to pursue passion for treating infants and children as well as pregnancy care, including pre and postnatal support. I have a strong belief that environment plays a crucial role in health and well being, and therefore treatment management must also include advice on exercise and nutrition, ergonomics, stretching, rehabilitation and lifestyle modification.
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