Flexibility is the ability of a joint/s to move through an unrestricted range of motion. To maintain joint health, the cartilage and structures within the joint need a constant supply of blood, nutrients, and synovial fluid to move through a full range of motion. The range of motion is influenced by the mobility of the soft tissues that surround the joint. These soft tissues include muscles, ligaments, tendons, joint capsules, and skin. Factors affecting the loss of normal joint flexibility include injury, inactivity, or little to no stretching. Although flexibility varies for everybody, minimum ranges are necessary for maintaining total body health. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic can create a personalized stretching program to restore joint flexibility.
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Research has shown that stretching can help improve flexibility and, as a result, the range of motion of the joints. Benefits include:
Flexibility can be measured with functional tests. These tests measure the joint’s range within common movement patterns. Using these tests, areas of inflexibility can be identified and addressed. The tests look at the following:
Developing a regular stretching routine to be incorporated into a training program is recommended. A stretching routine should cover all the major muscle groups of the body as well as any specific muscle groups. Implementing a physical therapy stretching program can help individuals stay motivated, as gaining flexibility takes time. It can take several weeks of consistent, regular stretching for improvement.
The therapist will provide specific guidelines that should be followed for stretching at home:
A stretching therapy program keeps the body loose and effectively increases the mobility of all soft tissues.
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