by Dr. David C. Dome, Lexington Clinic Orthopedic Surgeon
Stretching is often overlooked or only considered as something to do before workout. However, stretching with cold muscles can result in lower performance quality and sometimes injury. In reality, stretching is most beneficial when done alone or after an exercise.
Stretching has several benefits for the body and the mind. Improved posture and form during an exercise can be attributed to a good stretching routine as well as better flexibility and reduced soreness and recovery time. Stretching also increases your energy and reduces tension and provides a peace of mind. Practicing yoga or Pilates is a great way to add a stretching routine to your weekly schedule and it provides a great opportunity to rest and recharge your body.
To receive the benefits stretching has to offer, proper form is necessary. Bouncing during a stretch can place too much strain on your body and tear ligaments. It is also important to equally stretch each side of the body, so keep your routine balanced! Following exercise, make sure to practice dynamic stretches, which focus on slow, controlled and simple movements.
If you’re unsure on how to incorporate stretching into your daily routine, here are some tips:
Save your stretching for after your workout
Focus your stretches on the parts of the body you just worked out
Warm up your muscles prior to stretching
Try stretching in the office when you are running short on time
Try a yoga class to unwind physically and mentally
If you would like to learn more about proper stretching techniques or have any questions or concerns, please call our orthopedics office at (859) 258-8562, or visit LexingtonClinic.com/sports.
David C. Dome, MD, ATC is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon. He provides services in general orthopedics, sports medicine, workers compensation, and surgical procedures. Dr. Dome's professional interests include sports medicine and arthroscopy of the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle.
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