As Auckland physio specialists, Cairnhill Physiotherapy cannot stress the benefits of correctly and consistently stretching enough. We understand that patients find themselves short on time, resulting in exercise times being rescheduled or shortened, and the first thing to be left by the wayside is usually pre and post-workout stretches. Although regular appointments with your physio can help reduce muscle tension and joint discomfort, the addition of daily stretching can be supportive too.
As humans stretch, they expand their flexibility – which is important to reducing the risk of pulling a muscle. This simple activity shouldn’t be overlooked or engaged only for increased sports performance or before strenuous physical activity. Stretching before you visit your gym or your next match is advisable, but it shouldn’t only be practised before and after these events. It should become a daily occurrence – and here’s why.
Stretching Increases Circulation
As your body moves, circulation is increased. Even if you aren’t a particularly active person, stretching can help increase blood flow and as a result, increase your energy levels. Stretching loosens up stiff joints, decreases tension and boosts the flow of oxygen throughout your body. When circulation improves, energy levels soar and that results in less tiredness and exhaustion.
Stretching Increases Movement And Performance
Movement is crucial to the human body and stretching helps. Not only will daily movement assist with making your body more agile, but it also encourages you to partake in the activities you may put off due to discomfort. Because of increased circulation and movement, performance through your day is enhanced. With reduced muscle tension and more flexible joints, the pain will no longer control your performance. Stretching can also assist in keeping you active for longer as you will become more alert because of the blood flow.
Stretching Aids Pain Reduction
Whether it’s an old sports injury or just an ageing body, stretching can assist with reducing the discomfort you feel from painful areas on your body. A qualified professional will be able to guide you on how to stretch as well as provide support and advice on how to incorporate this into your daily schedule. Pain can greatly diminish your quality of life and stretching can be one way to take back control with a physio’s assistance.
At Cairnhill Physiotherapy, our team is equipped to assist you with all body-related queries. Helping our patients get moving again is important and we can ensure that you’re doing it correctly. If you are in search of an Auckland physio, contact us to revitalise your body today.