Stretching isn’t just for runners or gymnasts. In fact, according to physical therapists at Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s AthletiCare, everyone needs to stretch to protect their mobility and independence.

“Stretching your body at regular intervals, whether you’re at the office, at home, or outdoors, keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy. It especially benefits those with arthritis by lubricating joints and enhancing and maintaining range-of-motion.”

Joseph Baumgarden

DPT, Cert MDT, AthletiCare Kenmore

Muscles can shorten and become tight when they aren’t stretched. That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage.

Tips for Proper Stretching

  • Start stretching slowly and stretch regularly.
  • Avoid stretching a cold muscle. Do not overstretch.
  • When stretching, hold the stretch for about 15 to 20 seconds and feel the tension in your muscles release as they stretch.
  • Start with five to ten repetitions. Add more, as your body allows, each day.
  • Avoid sudden movements when stretching.
  • Maintain good posture. It puts your body in the least stressful position.

Stretching should be comfortable and relaxing. “If you have problems, or feel discomfort, pain, tingling, or numbness, contact your physical therapist or doctor,” reminds Baumgarden.

Find a Physical Therapist Near You
Call (716) 706-2112

Find a Physical Therapist Near You
Call (716) 706-2112