The 3 Best Stretches and Tips to Know When and How to Stretch Safely.
Should I Stretch Before or After Exercise?
|Stretching before and after exercise has been questioned in the last few years. Some sources are suggesting that you do not stretch before exercise and others are stating not to stretch at all. I know when I do not stretch that I am tight and sore the next day. Keeping my muscles flexible reduces soft tissue restrictions and potential injury, but the key is to know HOW and WHEN to stretch.
3 Best Stretches for Performance and Flexibility
How do I Know When Stretching is Not Safe?
Caution#1: Do not let someone else stretch you unless they are trained. An untrained person stretching you can push too far resulting in small muscle tears.
Caution#2: Stop any stretch that results in shooting pain, tingling, or burning pain. This indicates that you are stretching a nerve that is trapped or irritated. A Physical Therapist can teach you nerve glides to perform to alleviate these symptoms.
Do Stretching straps help?
If you have questions regarding stretching, text or call 803-831-1454 and a physical therapist will be happy to answer your questions. We offer in-person and telehealth options.
These tips are not to replace recommendations by your physical therapist or physician. Never start a new exercise routine without consulting your physician, physical therapist, or personal trainer.