The Importance of Stretching

As a RoTai practitioner I see all types of injuries and one of the most common reasons for these problems can be attributed to a lack of stretching. For something that takes such a small part of our day we all find it too hard to do.

 

Below are some huge benefits of having a daily stretch routine:

  • relief from pain

  • increased energy levels

  • increased flexibility

  • better range of motion of the joints

  • greater circulation of blood to various parts of the body

  • stress relief

  • improved posture

Increased flexibility and range of motion

As we age, our muscles tighten and we have less range of motion in our joints. Simple activities that we once took for granted, like cutting our toenails, picking things up from the floor or zipping a dress, can all become difficult. A regular stretching program can help lengthen your muscles and make these daily activities easier and more enjoyable.

Improved circulation

Stretching improves circulation of blood to the muscles and joints. Increased blood circulation, of course, brings nutrients to our cells and removes waste by

products.

 

Better posture

In a world where we spend greater time in front of a computer than ever before muscles become tense and tight which leads to poor posture. Stretching the muscles of the lower back, shoulders and chest can help keep the back in better alignment and improve posture.

Relaxation and stress relief

Stretching, done properly, helps to relax tense muscles which result from stress. The feeling of relaxation brings a sense of well-being and relief from tension.

Reduce or prevent lower back pain

Greater flexibility and range of motion in the hamstrings and muscles of the hips and pelvis help to reduce the stress on your spine that causes lower back pain.

 

Fixing the cause not just treating the symptom !