RAW therapy promotes and encourages all of our clients to maintain stretching after your chosen sports….this is why….
The first thing most animals do when they begin to move is stretch a dog or cat will stand up and begin to manipulate their body in all directions. It’s their instinct.
When we get up, we don’t always stretch. As a society, most of us spend all day sitting, not using our bodies very much. This causes our muscles to shorten, for a buildup of “fuzz” between our tissues to develop and our range of motion (ROM) to decrease. The stresses life produces can also increase our muscle tension, typically in the neck and shoulder area. We may always carry our heavy purse in one hand or sit with one leg crossed, creating imbalances in our muscular system. As we age, the tightness and “fuzz” builds up reducing our ability to move as free as we wish.
Taking the time to stretch can help alleviate many of these symptoms. Taking each joint through a full ROM loosens up our muscles and connective tissue keeping us limber. Blood flow to our joints and muscles increases, providing more nutrients to our muscles and reducing waste product build up. Our minds can become more relaxed, reducing stress and alleviating the associated tension, helping to reduce blood pressure. We can stand taller with better posture, especially if we stretch our chest and hip muscles. Body soreness and lower back pain can be alleviated. We can prevent injuries by keeping our joints and muscles supple, allowing them to be ready for any activity we can ask of them.
Each of us has a natural ability for increasing our flexibility. Some of us struggle to touch our toes with a regular stretching routine, while others can easily move into splits without stretching, those of us who are naturally tighter, should not get discouraged and will still find huge benefits stretching.
So if you’re in need of stretching following a sporting event, regular gym use or just for general tension relief contact RAW therapy now.