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Be Kind to Yourself and Stretch Softly

Elements Massage Scottsdale Promenade Oct 17, 2013

Most people have a tendency to push themselves very hard during a work out routine from start to finish.  We try to run further, swim more laps, play one more game, and do more reps with each routine.  This tendency to over work can even extend to warm up and cool down routines that include stretching.  It can be easy to stretch too far and strain muscles and joints, which can cause injury and pain. 

 

Make sure that you’re using the appropriate method of stretching: classic stretching or dynamic stretching.  Classic stretching is when you hold a certain position for an extended length of time, about 20 seconds.   This form of stretching is best suited for when you’re already warmed up – either from a work out or something like a hot bath.  If you’re muscles are not suitably warmed up, you can increase the risk of pulling them while stretching.  Dynamic stretching involves motion and moving through stretches while only holding the position for a very short amount of time.   This type of stretching is the best to use as part of your warm up because it helps loosen the muscles before a workout.

 

Regardless of which style of stretching is utilized, bring the muscle to the point of tension where you just begin to feel resistance.  Then the muscle should be slowly stretched, just slightly longer than the point where tissue tension was reached.  Any further and you can risk injuring yourself!  Take care of your body – working out should be done properly and with care in order to ensure that it doesn’t do more harm than good!

 

For additional care of your body regular massage therapy relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles, reduces muscle spasms and cramping, increases joint flexibility, and reduces recovery time for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent risk of muscle strain. The benefits of massage are incredible!

 

Call Elements Therapeutic Massage Scottsdale Promenade 480.998.2120.

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