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Active stretches improve movement and strength

Posted Sep 22 2010 5:11am

In my Chiropractic office I recommend a lot of stretches to my patients to improve their flexibility and decrease their pain. There are two kinds of stretches active and passive. Most people know about passive stretching so I want to share some ideas about active stretches.

Active stretches facilitate movement and improve strength. Stretches should never cause pain nor should you feel tingling in the extremities. Stop immediately if you experience any discomfort.

Active stretches work because as you use one muscle, the opposite one has to relax. The Bicep and Triceps muscles are a good example as is the hamstring and quadriceps muscles.

A bridge is a good exercise as an active stretch. Lie on your back with your knees flexed and your feet flat on the floor. Keep the knees together and tighten the muscles of the lower abdomen and buttocks. Slowly raise your hips up from the floor and then lower them back to the resting position. Repeat this exercise 20 times. This exercise may be performed several times per day.

If you would like more active stretches to do, contact our office. We can be reached at 860-620-9523 or on our website at We would be happy to develop a program or active and passive stretches to help you get stronger.

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