Physicians and health experts around the globe have emphasized the importance of stretching on a regular basis. At Atlas Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, Dr. Ron D’amato encourages patients to incorporate stretching exercises in their daily routines for the variety of proven health benefits. Whether it is before a workout or just to get your blood flowing in the morning, stretching can help lower the risk of injury and improve your overall well being.
Types of Stretching: Static vs Dynamic
There is plenty of confusion in the fitness community about when and how we should stretch. In order to maximize your benefits it is important to know the difference between dynamic and static stretching.
Dynamic stretching is shorter in duration, accompanied by some movement, and usually done as a warm-up, prior to working out. Some examples of these stretches include high kicks, lunge twists, knee to chest, and arm circles. By activating your muscles, this type of stretching is great for boosting athletic performance.
Static stretching is longer in duration, isolated and without movement, and performed after working out when the body is warmed up. Examples here include toe touches, tricep stretch, and cross-body shoulder stretch. These stretches are great for lengthening muscles after a weight lifting session and preventing muscle tightness the next day.
Although dynamic and static stretches are performed at different times, they both still have great benefits that help reduce the risk of injury and improve overall well being.
Here are our favorite top five advantages of stretching:
Increases range of motion
As humans, we start to lose our range of motion as we age. It is important to combat this by stretching regularly to make sure our muscles are properly trained. This allows for easier movement in our joints and lowers the chance of discomfort in the muscles.
Stretching Increases flexibility which will improve your performance with everyday activities. Having flexibility reduces muscle tightness and makes your workouts more effective and safe. Therefore, lengthening the muscles makes sure we can continue to move freely without pain.
Increases Blood Flow
Increased blood flow improves circulation throughout your body allowing your lungs, heart, and muscles to function at their best level. This also means a boost in energy, increased focus, and better memory.
Prevent Back Pain
Not only does stretching your back muscles improve posture, it can also help resist the onset of rigidity and pain in the back. At Atlas Chiropractic, we encourage our patients to stretch their upper and lower back muscles along with the hips in order to train these muscles and strengthen their back.
Stretching is a great way to release stress. By relaxing and focusing on a slow, deep stretch you are put in a meditative-like state of mind. Much like the postures in yoga, we are taking time to focus on a certain part of the body which helps remove distraction and clear your mind leaving you feeling refreshed for the rest of your day.
With a variety of benefits, stretching is an important part of your physical well being. Reduce your pain and risk of injury by practicing both static and dynamic stretching when you can during your daily and weekly routines.
Have a specific area of your body that needs attention? Our doctors at Atlas Chiropractic & Rehabilitation are here to guide you through the proper stretches you would benefit from the most. Call to speak with our experts, Dr. Ronald D’amato or Dr. Christa D’amato who practice in Clifton, NJ and can be reached at 973-894-3300.