Stretch to Feel Better, Relieve Tightness and Reduce Stress!
Video by Dr. Daniel Hartwell
Stretch to Feel Better!
What’s one thing most people try when they’re feeling tightness somewhere in their body? Stretching! Though there are many different types of stretching (ie. Dynamic, static, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, etc.) I decided to show an example for a static stretch for the upper trap muscles. I personally try to stretch everyday, mostly just because I feel better after it to be honest. Another reason is that it gives me just a couple minutes out of my day to move a little bit and just focus on myself. We all know how stressful some days can be so why not take a little “me time” throughout the day. A systemic review done by Behm et. Al. was published in the journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. This review states stretching can decrease muscle stiffness, increase stretch tolerance (feeling less tension when stretching), and at times increase muscle length depending on what type of stretching is done. So remember, Stretch to Feel Better!
Take some time to stretch over the next couple of days. Over this next week I want you to try to do this stretch every other day. You can follow along with the video and it will only take us 2 minutes. You will be amazed by the difference in just two weeks.
Behm, D. G., Blazevich, A. J., Kay, A. D., & McHugh, M. (2016). Acute effects of muscle stretching on physical performance, range of motion, and injury incidence in healthy active individuals: a systematic review. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 41(1), 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2015-0235
At our Chiropractic Clinic in McKinney, located near the corner of Mockingbird Ln. and Abrams Rd., our Doctors take a natural approach to getting rid of soreness caused by low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, etc. Through Chiropractic adjustments and education, we teach our patients the best ways to relieve pain with Chiropractic and without medicine. Try this easy stretch throughout your day to relieve tightness, reduce stress and feel better!