According to Harvard Medical School, “It's not enough to build muscle and achieve aerobic fitness. You need to think about flexibility, too.”
We may think of stretching as something performed only by runners or gymnasts. But we all need to stretch in order to protect our mobility and independence. "A lot of people don't understand that stretching has to happen on a regular basis. It should be daily," says David Nolan, a physical therapist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.
Why stretching is important
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 all the way. That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, muscle damage and imbalance. Stretching is also important in rehabilitation and reducing inflammation.
Many people for whatever reason, don’t stretch on their own. Using stretching as an add in to our massage will extend the benefits of your massage and keep your clients feeling better longer.