People are well aware of the benefits of regular exercise, however the benefits of stretching are less emphasized usually, which is equally important in maintaining healthy body and lifestyle.
Athletes and sportsmen can no doubt benefit from the stretching, however as we age, the range of movement at our joints becomes limited and stretching is a good way to keep the muscles relaxed and make daily activities easier.
Benefits of Stretching
Benefits of stretching are numerous, including:
- Pain relief
- Increases flexibility
- Improved range of motion for various joints
- Enhances energy levels
- Improves blood circulation to different parts of body
- Relieves stress and relaxes the body
- Improves muscle coordination
- Enhances good posture
- Improves the sense of well-being
Stretching is not only important for sportsmen and athletes to carryout their sports activities. Stretching is equally important to everyone else especially old people and the ones recovering from illness.
Stretching for immobilized or recovering joints
Due to any reason, single or multiple joints of the body may be immobilized in some patients, e.g. after a fracture. These patients need regular rehabilitation including stretching exercises once the fracture has healed. This is so that the joint stiffness and reduction in range of motion can be reverted. If left unmanaged or delayed for a longer period of time, it can become irreversible.
Similarly any bed bound patients including patients in comma need regular mobility and stretching exercises to prevent their joints from getting stiff.
Stretching for otherwise healthy individuals specially the ones with reduced physical activity is equally important to prevent their joints from getting stiff and reduction in their range of motion. This can hinder in their routine daily tasks even limiting activities they can perform such as tying shoe laces, especially as they age.
Talk to an Podiatrist to discuss the benefits of stretching for you, even if you are overall healthy.