Healthy Stretches to Keep You Moving
By Ehren Allen, DPT/Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
Healthy Stretches Are An Important Part of an Exercise Program.
Stretching is an important part of a regular exercise program. It is important to realize that stretching is not just an activity to do prior to exercise. Stretching is an exercise that is important to keep muscles and tendons healthy. Healthy Stretches are important for all the muscles in the body.
How Long Do You Hold a Stretch?
The quick answer is to hold a stretch at least 30 seconds. It takes a least 30 seconds to allow the fibers to relax and help to remodel the tissue. This is important to lengthen the muscle.
If you are warming up for an exercise, consider a dynamic warm up instead of the long holds. This may include lunges, jumping jacks, etc. Dynamic warm up can be more helpful to prepare for physical exercise or activity. Static or sustained holds are typically more beneficial after exercise.
To learn more about Healthy Stretches to keep you moving, Read our Article on Healthy Stretches.
What do I do if I have pain with stretching?
If you have muscle or tendon issues, the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute is here to help. JOI offers ASAP Fracture and Injury Services so that you can be seen quickly for your injuries. We also offer Telehealth visits so that you can be seen from you home.
If you would like to make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Specialists, Call JOI-2000, schedule online, or click the link below.