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When your tissues are flexible, normal blood and lymphatic fluids circulate the body more easily, oxygenating your tissues properly. This helps you feel energized, relieves pain, and allows you to perform daily tasks without feeling tired. Additionally, stretching is necessary for dedicated athletes, weekend warriors, or anyone looking to improve their physical performance. After a workout you may not feel the need to stretch if your muscles aren't aching or sore. However, there are several potential effects of not taking the time to stretch correctly after exercise. You might experience stiffness if you're not stretching adequately. Muscles and tendons that aren't stretched properly after exercise may be more susceptible to injury. YOUR PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE! INSIDE : • Another 5 Star Google Review of DPT! (continued from outside) HOW STRETCHING CAN IMPROVE
If any of these stretches cause you pain, please stop immediately and contact Dresher Physical Therapy for professional guidance. WARNING!
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Some helpful stretches to incorporate that will help you avoid pain and injury include:
1. Kneeling hip flexor stretch. Kneel on a mat or soft surface. Make sure you’re positioned so your right knee is straight up and the bottom of your right foot is flat on the floor. Extend your left leg behind you so the top of your left foot is flat on the floor. Begin to shift your weight forward and stop when you begin to feel the stretch in your hip. Hold for 30-45 seconds, then switch legs. 2. Calf stretch. Start by leaning against a wall or other stable surface. Stand with your hands on your hips. Step forward with your right leg and bend your knee, keeping your left leg straight behind you. Place your left heel flat on the ground so you feel the stretch in your left calf muscle. Hold for 30-45 seconds, then switch legs.
It is important to not only make sure you're stretching after exercise, but that you're doing the right types of stretches.
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