Muscles can become tight and shortened from exercise, injury or inactivity. Stretching when exercising and playing sport helps to relax and lengthen muscles. But did you know there are different types of stretching that achieve different goals?
Examples: Stretching the Hamstrings
Take care when stretching to ensure you do not over stretch. This can lead to an increased risk of injury to muscles, tendons and joints. To avoid this, never stretch into pain and get advice from your physiotherapist on technique. Everyone has different joints and muscles that require stretching. Ensure you get advice from your physiotherapist on what stretches are most appropriate for you.
If you are concerned about or need advice on any of the above please do not hesitate to call us to book an appointment on 9970 7982, or alternatively book online.
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