While we love seeing you at our facilities, we want to give you the tools needed to help yourself maintain relief from pain while away from us. Follow these guidelines to help keep pain away!
Muscle stretching shouldn't be your starting warm up. Warm up first with a few minutes of walking, cycling, etc., then stretch. You can also do stretching exercises at the end of your cardio workout. Stretching cold muscles can cause injuries. There is also some research indicating that a lot of stretching can cause a short-term dip in muscle strength, so for weight training, save your serious stretching for after the workout.
Got a pain in the neck? Muscle stretching can help. Maintain your ability to look behind you by keeping your neck flexible through neck stretching exercises. Turn your head as far as you can so your chin is over your shoulder, or close, then hold for 20 seconds. Repeat the stretch on the other side. Don't hold your breath.
For a good hamstring stretch, lie on your back on the floor. Leave one leg extended on the floor and raise the other, knee straight, until you feel the stretch in your hamstring. Loop a towel around your leg and hold the ends in your hands to make it easier.
Again, remember to always warm up well before stretching!
Practice Good Posture
Work to achieve good posture. You can stretch to improve your posture. From the side, your ear should line up with the tip of your shoulder, your hip joint, the back of your knee (don’t lock out your knees when standing), and the front of the protruding bone on your ankle. Stretching exercises in front of a mirror will help.
Practice good Posture