Stretching your body to have more suppleness and flexibility has extraordinary health and physical benefits and can have a positive effect on your overall well-being.
Improved flexibility may help to improve your day to day activities, decrease your risk of injury and pain and help your joints move through their full range of motion – stretching can also improve your balance!
Common behaviours such as hunching over the computer can shorten some muscle fibres, stretching and keeping flexible can help to combat this.
As you age, joint movements become less flexible leaving you feeling stiff and achy. This is due to the amount of lubricating fluid inside your joints decreasing and the cartilage thinning.
Below are a few ways that increased flexibility is likely to help you:-
Improved Posture and Balance
When you increase your flexibility your posture is likely to improve. It helps to properly align and correct imbalances, plus with an increased range of motion you may find it easier to sit or stand in certain ways.
Your body is likely to feel better overall once you work on lengthening and opening your muscles. When your muscles are looser and less tense you may experience fewer aches and pains, plus you may be less likely to experience muscle cramps.
Once you develop more flexibility and strength in your body you will be able to withstand more physical stress, plus you will be able to help correct any muscle imbalances, which in turn reduces the risk of injury.
A Positive State of Mind
Regularly doing stretches that open up your muscles can bring about feelings of relaxation. The physical benefits can extend to a relaxed state of mind, making it easier to unwind at the end of the day,and maybe even improve your sleep!
Stretching may not be beneficial for everyone, especially if you already experience pain and discomfort. Before embarking on a stretching programme, we recommend speaking to your Chiropractor or Therapist, who will advise you on the correct way to help improve your flexibility.
From the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire