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How Stretching Can Improve Your Life

People often associate stretching exclusively with athletes and exercise. While it is beneficial for physical activity, stretching can also aid in other aspects of the body. Movement is medicine and 5 to 10 minutes of stretching a day can improve your overall health. Here are some benefits of including stretching as part of your daily routine:

Stretching keeps your muscles strong 

Our bodies are much like a well-oiled machine. Our muscles and joints must work together to keep us functioning properly. Incorporating stretches as part of your day increases flexibility, range of motion, loosen tight muscles and increase body awareness.

Avoid injury

Stretching is a vital step when participating in physical activity. It improves blood flow circulation that will in turn reduce recovery time and shorten muscle soreness. Stretching will also improve your form and allow you to perform exercise with more ease over time.

Improve your posture

If you spend a large amount of time in a certain position, such as hunched over a computer or sitting, our bodies will adapt. This creates bad posture because of a muscle imbalance. Adding movement either at the beginning or throughout the day, will help with soreness caused by slouching. 

Reduce stress

Stress can take a toll on your body. If you are feeling aches in your neck, shoulders, hips, hands or feet it is likely because stress has the tendency to tense up the muscles as a result. Stretching is a great way to release the tension in your body and improve overall mental health.

It is important to note that stretching is meant to relieve tight muscles and should never feel painful. Being aware of your body is key to an effective routine. Understanding how the body functions is essential to knowing how to take care of it. 

Our Physical Therapy Technician Certificate Program students learn anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pathology, modality applications that include ultrasounds, massage, therapeutic exercises, electrical stimulation, hydrotherapy, and other modality applications. With this knowledge, they are able to provide support, training, and treatment for patients who are recovering from an injury or adapting to trauma or disability under the direct supervision of a Physical Therapist.