Stretching 

Have you ever noticed how when a cat or dog gets up from resting they have a good stretch?


Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints.Without it the muscles shorten and become tight, then when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend fully. This puts you at risk from joint pain, strains, and muscle damage. Simple daily stretches will make a big difference - you do not need to stretch every muscle and it does not need to take long, just think of a dog stretching each time it moves from resting. Find a physical therapist who can assess your muscle strength and tailor a stretching program to fit your needs.

 

Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles.