I believe a lack of flexibility is the root cause or major contributing factor of many injuries and stretching is the solution to this lack of flexibility. It counters the gradual tightening and constriction we all develop from both under- and over-use of our body. It is the perfect antidote for long periods of inactivity and holding still and is just about the simplest of all physical activities.
Regular stretching will:
- Decrease muscle tension, which is the most common cause of back and neck pains and headaches.
- Decrease the incidence of all types of injuries, from joint sprains to tendonitis to muscle strains and spasms.
- Speed up the recovery rate from injuries.
- Increase physical and mental relaxation.
- Improve performance of any skilled movement.
- Improve and increase body awareness.
- Slow the aging process.
- Enhance the neurological system.
- Improve circulation.
- Support the detox system.
Don’t stretch an area if you:
- Recently broke a bone.
- Have an infection or inflammation in or around a joint involved with the stretch.
- Experience sharp or acute pain with stretching or joint movements.
- Recently had a sprain or strain in the area being stretched.
- Have an unstable joint in the area.
- Have osteoporosis.
- Have any disease that needs medical approval before undertaking any new activity.