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Stretching Benefits
The expanding of a person’s flexibility through stretches is more important than one can estimate – and, in fact, it is one of the most underrated improvement an individual can induce to his / her body. For instance, an increased range of limberness can guarantee the maintainable or the amelioration of the quality of someone’s daily life, resulting in strengthening muscles, delivering good body balance or providing remarkable alleviation from various aches, pains or cramps; for athletes, or people who have adopted a more dynamic lifestyle, stretching is more than an elective path to take: performing stretches is vital in order to limit the chances of an injury and to maximize their performance, especially in sports that call for a considerable amount of flexability. For a more detailed description of the multitude of benefits that stretching offers contact one of our two locations at Hendersonville, NC 828-483-4444 or Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville, NC 828-483-4377.
Can Stretching Harm You?
The above being outlined, an introduction to stretching would be incomplete if we hadn’t mentioned that controversy over its usefulness has been growing lately. In essence, a part of the scientific and fitness community has stated that stretching can compromise a person’s speed and strength, or even increase the likelihood of an injury, without actually delivering the alleged benefits; for example, a study performed recently at the University of Zagreb in Croatia concluded, among others, that static stretching might diminish the strength of the targeted muscles or lessen a person’s ability to perform explosive actions. Still, the results of the research apply more to professional athletes rather than… ordinary people, while the amount of the relevant data like is not ample enough to provide sturdy evidence that stretching is either useless or hazardous for one’s health.

Our Opinion-Stretch M.D. expanded
What is undoubted though is that stretching can be harmful if practiced improperly. The Stretch to Win Fascial Stretch Therapy technique has been developed in such a way to prevent injury during the stretch session allowing for maximum benefits. Each Stretch M.D. Practitioner has been trained and certified in the application of these methods and will apply them in such a way to deliver immediate results. Anyone who wants to begin doing stretches should consult a doctor or an experienced fitness instructor beforehand so as to ensure that he / she implements the right techniques and thus take full advantage of the stretching benefits.
What is Stretching?
First of all, what is stretching? Well, primarily, it is a relatively recent idea; in 1975, Bob and Jean Anderson published the homonymous book, and that was the official appearance of the term, in an era when also the modern fitness movement was in its beginnings. Five years later, in 1980, a revised edition of that book followed, achieving remarkable sales and making millions of people worldwide familiar with this type of training. Today, there is practically no individual living in the western world who is not acquainted with the term. However, fewer are those who can claim that they are acutely aware of the whole concept of stretching – let alone perform it correctly. Theoretically, stretching is an in-born and spontaneous activity that we all do, everyday! To illustrate this, just try and recall the last time you instinctively stretched your back or your waist muscles after having a good night’s sleep or after working for a few hours sitting on a chair. Still, as it is obvious, in this post, our topic will be purposeful stretching; and this is a type of physical exercise which aims at flexing or extending practically every muscle or tendon of the body in order to enhance its suppleness and enable it to develop a wider range of movement.
An Introduction to Stretching
Stretchify | June 18, 2013

A great number of men and women, belonging to various categories of age or physical condition, want to maximize their flexibility and their muscles’ elasticity by stretching. At the same moment stretching can help them avoid injuries. But what exactly is that technique, what body areas does it involve and, most importantly, are there any dangers related to it? There are so many questions, misconceptions and vague aspects of this activity, even in the mind of experienced athletes, and the answers are not always simple or straightforward. But let’s take things in the right order…