We all know how important stretching is for our body. We're told by sports coaches, yoga instructors & fitness coaches, but why is stretching so important? What could it do for your body?
Well, the answer is pretty straight forward.
Each individual body will adapt to the regular activities it partakes in. Why? Because each time we do an activity, we're firing up the same muscle groups. Over time, these muscle groups will become very developed and strong. What this also means, however, is that there will be other muscle groups that aren't used regularly that'll be weak and underdeveloped which is where the problem lies.
Let's use the example of an office-worker. They spend 9 hours a day sat in front of a computer screen, without regular breaks or awareness of the importance of good positioning of their chair and computer screen. The muscles in the back of the neck work overtime, to accommodate for the neck's tilted position to the screen. The core muscles are collapsed and disengaged, therefore leaving all the hard work of being sat upright to the lower back. The shoulders are rounded from fatigue and leaning towards the screen. Over time, this is what leads to back pain, headaches and poor posture. Why? When muscles are tight, they begin to fatigue, and when that happens, the chances of muscle tearing and inflammation are much higher.
By stretching those hard-working muscle groups, we counteract these effects. It can be as simple as a few gentle movements. We can help you to identify the areas that need a little relief from assessment, before loosening the muscles, and devising a stretch program to help reduce the chances of pain and injury.
Stretching doesn't have to be a long and boring task. Just 5-10 minutes of stretching a day can make ALL the difference to your posture, pain levels and overall quality of life.
Give these stretches a go, check your office set-up, and feel the difference. Your body will thank you for it!
Have a great week!
Laura & The Team The Therapy Barn