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The Benefits of Stretching

Posted Feb 20 2010 6:20am

The muscles tighten as a person ages which can lead to a decrease in range of joint movements. That is why as the person grows older, bending or flexing becomes more limited. This is why stretching regularly, as part of a routine is very important. Simple stretches can be done everyday and can be easily incorporated in your daily activities. It does not require much of your time. So how can stretching help with your overall health?

Regular stretching exercises can lengthen the muscles and the tendons which can help in increasing the range of your movement. Stretching can prevent injury to joints, tendons, and muscles. When the muscles and tendons are well-flexed, they are considered in good working order. The muscles of the body will be able to take more exhausting and rigorous movements with less probability of being injured. If the muscles are given their regular exercises and stretching, it is less likely that they will contract. This will definitely relieve you of any muscle pain or problems.

A research article appeared in the October 2009 issue of the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology suggests that flexibility, as defined by how far you can reach while sitting down, may be linked to the stiffness of your arteries. It’s known that arterial stiffness often precedes life-threatening cardiovascular disease. Researchers don’t know why flexibility might be linked to arteries. One theory is that people who are more flexible do stretching exercises that help slow down stiffening of the arteries. So give your tight muscles a good stretch as it could help your heart!

Dr. David P. Chen
Chiropractor in Laurel, Maryland
Laurel Regional Chiropractic

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