. Dynamic Stretching. For our finale on the topic of safe stretching, we’re going to discuss dynamic stretching. Dynamic stretching is categorized as movement that extends to our end range for a given muscle that doesn’t require a long hold at that end point. In other words, we move through it. We may hold it for a brief period of time, but it’s quite different than static or PNF stretching, in which we may hold certain positions for 5 to even 60 sec...
Posted on 2021-08-30
PNF stretching. So what is PNF stretching? . PNF stands for “proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation”. It is a concept in which the body uses its proprioceptive system to encourage (facilitate) or discourage (inhibit) certain movements (muscle contractions). And what is proprioception? Proprioception is the body’s ability to be aware of itself in space. In other words, it’s your body’s way of knowing that if you put your ar...
Posted on 2021-08-16
. Static Stretching. Most of us know that stretching can be beneficial, yet most of us don’t take the time to do it. When we think of stretching we often get a picture in our heads of staying in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time, hoping out tissues will soften and yield. This is what is known as static stretching. But what is static stretching exactly, and what other options are there? According to Bandy et al, “Static stretching is performed by pl...
Posted on 2021-08-02
Dynamic Warm-up: A Better way to get moving
Dynamic warm-up: A better way to get moving. We all know that warming up before we exercise is beneficial. It gets our blood flowing, increases our heart rate, and prepares us for what’s coming, all while reducing risk of injury. Unfortunately, many of us skip this important step before a work-out or playing our favorite sport. Perhaps we think it takes too long when our lives are so busy or we think we simply won’t get hurt if we skip this important step,...
Posted on 2021-07-19
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