We believe movement is medicine.
An important component of general health and well-being is flexibility. You may increase your flexibility, lower your chance of injury, and correct your posture by including regular stretching practices in your daily or weekly exercise programme. These seven stretches can help you become more flexible, whether you’re an athlete, a desk worker, or just trying to enhance your range of motion.
Stretching activities promote the relaxation and extension of the muscular fibers, which lengthen the muscles. Holding a stretch essentially acts as training for your muscles to adapt to new, extended positions. Several physiological systems are involved in this process
Relaxation of Muscle Fibers: Stretching stimulates the Golgi Tendon Organs, which are sensory receptors located inside your muscles. These receptors cause your muscles to relax by communicating with your central nervous system. Flexibility is increased as the muscle lengthens and relaxes.
Stretching also causes tiny changes to the composition of the muscle. Over time, these modifications may cause the sarcomeres—the fundamental units of muscle contraction—within the muscle fibres to lengthen, enabling an increase in extensibility.
Increased Stretch Tolerance: Your body becomes more tolerant of the stretching sensations with regular stretching. As you stretch, your pain threshold steadily rises, enabling you to extend your range of motion without experiencing pain.
Stress Reduction: Stretching can help you unwind by reducing muscle tension and producing endorphins, which are hormones that naturally elevate your mood. Greater muscular flexibility may result from this relaxing reaction.