What are the benefits of stretching?
One of the biggest things that stretching helps to improve is your flexibility! Although many people think that flexibility is irrelevant to their lifestyle or age, the improved range of motion in the joints…
- Enables your muscles to work most effectively
- Improves your ability to do daily activities
- Increases your muscle blood flow
- Helps your joints move through their full range of motion
- Decreases your risk of injuries
- Increases your performance in physical activities
- Improves your posture
- Helps to heal and prevent pain
What stretches can I do to get started?
To help you get started, we have found 5 easy and suitable stretches for all age groups. It is recommended to stretch daily, holding each position for 10 to 30 seconds without bouncing, and to repeat each one 2 to 4 times.
1) Childs Pose
2) Standing Calf Stretch
Stand about arm’s length away from a wall and place your 2 hands at shoulder level. Place your front foot about 1 step length behind the other foot. Keep your back heel on the floor, and bend your front knee until you feel a stretch in your back leg. Repeat on the other side. The more flexible you get, the further away from the wall you can stand.
3) Seated Toe Touch Stretch
4) Cobra Pose
5) Shoulder Stretch
If you are having trouble getting started, we hold exercise classes here at Back To Health Physio that focus on stretching, strength, and stability in small groups. Each class is run for 1 hour by a trained professional physiotherapist.
If you want to find out more, you can give us a call on 9997 4970.