The Power of Stretching
Mary Houle- RMT
Stretching is an efficient self-care tool for reducing pain and tension caused by chronically tight muscles. Massage therapy and stretching together provide individuals with an effective treatment plan for elongating tight, short muscles. When stretching, always engage your core while maintaining proper posture. If you are not feeling the stretch in the correct muscle you could be doing the stretch incorrectly. Remember to breathe. Do not engage in any ballistic movements: this means any extra movements like swaying or bouncing of the body or limb while performing the stretch. Although you will feel some resistance with stretching you should not feel pain. Like any physical activity, stretching requires consistency and long-term use to produce results.