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The Anti-Aging Aspects of Stretching

Many people stretch, but few truly understand that it’s an art and a science. There’s a right way and a wrong way to derive all the inherent benefits.

The bonus to stretching is that you can learn to practice it regardless of your age or current state of flexibility, and it feels great when you do it properly! Stretching also helps you to look younger as your muscles become more supple and elastic.

The Golden Rules of Stretching

Woman Stretching

  • Start out by stretching a muscle until you feel mild tension. HOLD that stretch until you can feel the muscle starting to relax. Then go just a little bit further until you feel the muscle tense up again, and hold that position as well. The amount of hold time will vary depending on your current state of health and overall ability, but 10 to 20 seconds is a good starting point.
  • Never “bounce” or use rapid movements while stretching.
  • Stretch your muscles in a relaxed and sustained movement focused on elongating the muscle s-l-o-w-l-y. This is not a contest to see how far you can push your body!
  • Never stretch if you have pain. Stop and consult with your doctor before proceeding again.

The Secret to a Youthful Appearance is a Supple Spine and Body

There’s an ancient adage that proclaims: “You are as young as your spine is flexible.” People who’ve retained the elasticity of their spines and limbs appear youthful and “alive” in middle age and beyond.

Consistency of practice and relaxation are two of the biggest keys in the art of stretching. Here are the benefits of a stretching practice:

  • Increased range of motion
  • Overall relaxation
  • Reduction in chronic muscle tension
  • Prevention of injuries (athletes stretch before all sporting events)
  • Prevention of stiffness and reduced flexibility as you age
  • It just FEELS good!

Regular chiropractic care along with consistent stretching is a powerful anti-aging combination. If you’d like some help in constructing your own stretching practice, call the office today and we’ll custom-design a program just for you!

2 Join the Conversation

  1. Harry B. Rydberg says
    Mar 12, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    I NEED a stretching program... quickly!!!!!!!!!!!! HBR

    • Dr. Andrew Thaw says
      Mar 13, 2015 at 8:13 AM

      Stretching is just a great way to start our day and make the rest of the day better.

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