Hip, Knee & Leg EBook - US

Step 2: Enhance Your Flexibility (cont.)

How to improve the flexibility of your joints It is never good to stretch into pain. Stretch your muscles and joints within a comfortable range and gradually ease into deeper stretches. Depending on your age, you should stretch more frequently. The older you get, the longer andmore frequent your stretching routine should be. This is because our tissues become less inelastic as we age. Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates can be great ways to stretch. However, make sure you start at a basic level, listen to the instructors and stay within your limits. Dynamic stretching is a very beneficial way to improve your flexibility and coordination of the joints. The goal is to stretch while going through a series of movements. This re-educates the body on the propermovement patterns to restore proper flexibility. How physical therapy helps your flexibility One of the core principles of physical therapy is restoring correct movement. A physical therapist improves the mobility of your joints with advanced, but gentle hands on manual techniques. These gentle techniques specifically improve the flexibility andmultiple ways your hip and knee joints spin, rotate and glide. This takes many years of training and skill to be able to correctly evaluate and treat. Physical therapists then focus on teaching you how to prevent your problem from returning through specific exercises, designed to retain your flexibility. Start with gentle stretches for the whole body. Focus on your hips, low back and legs.

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