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Why don't my tight muscles ever let go?

Why don't my tight muscles ever let go? “My hamstrings are so tight, but I stretch them all the time! I don’t understand why they won’t loosen up.” As a physical therapist, I hear statements like these a LOT! When it comes to fitness, most people equate taut muscles with strength and fitness. However, the reality may be quite different. Chronically tight muscles can actually indicate weakness. In this blog post, we'll explore the reasons why tight muscles m...
Posted on 2023-03-27

Dynamic Stretching

Dynamic Stretching
. 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

PNF Stretching
  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

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