Learn how to increase flexibility through stretching.Are your hips, hamstrings, and back tight?  Do you have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning or evening standing out of chair after sitting for a long period of time?  You might need to think about an additional flexibility program in your daily regimen to increase your flexibility.  Flexibility lengthens the muscle tissue which allows for (ROM) full range of motion. 

Injuries can many times be caused by the lack of extensibility of the tissues which can affect the mechanics of joints and alter movement patterns.  Our bodies move in 3 planes of motion.  Did you know that every single joint in our body moves in these same 3 planes? Each one of our muscles shortens (concentric contraction), lengthens (eccentric contraction), or maintains a certain length (isometric contraction) in all 3 planes as well.  Customizing your stretch and flexibility routine will allow you and/or your client to focus on weak areas of the body and even find muscular imbalances you may not know even exist.  

By neglecting flexibility, forces are applied to the joints improperly which can cause injury. Some of the most common muscles that are very tight but not limited to are:
  • Soleus or Gastrocnemius (Calf)
  • Adductors (inner thigh)
  • Hip Flexors (front of hip)
  • Latissimus Dorsi (back)
  • Pectoralis Major (Chest)
It is important to stretch each area for a minimum of 10 seconds and up to 60 seconds!  There are many opinions on stretching and I feel it is best to listen to your body and if you feel tight begin some light movement and a big stretch to open everything up and allow your joints and muscles to breath!  Your body will thank you and perform at it's best!

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