It’s easy to make excuses about where your time goes. But did you know that stretching is one of the best things you can do for your mind and body. Most individuals get too caught up in the hectic pace of the modern world and by taking a few minutes a day to pause what is going on, turn inwards, and reach (literally) for your physical limits provides a feedback loop that enables you to stay limber and grounded.
At Elements Massage Glendale, we encourage all of our clients to add stretching into their regular wellness routines. Here’s why it’s so crucial:
- Spine Health
Did you know that more than 80 percent of adult Americans suffer from some type of back pain? This statistic indicates that acting now is critical to proactively protecting your spine. Stretching is a great way to increase flexibility to combat tight hips, pelvis and knees - all three areas that can experience nerve pressure that results in back pain.
A good range of motion means your body is better able to perform to its greater capacity. Regular stretching is one of the key elements in preparing your body to move in a streamlined and efficient fashion. Additionally, it’s also a way to promote better recovery after exercise or activity.
- Combating Stiffness
Muscle soreness (delayed onset muscle soreness, also called DOMS) usually sets in within 24 to 72 hours after vigorous activity. A good stretch can help reduce the amount of toxins that settle into your muscles and can therefore decrease stiffness and pain.
To get in touch with yourself in a healthy way, stretching is a great addition to your daily routine. We can’t think of a better way to start off each day than with a few key stretches anchoring yourself in your body to tackle the day ahead.