We all know we should warm-up before and cool-down after sport. Stretching excercises are an important part of these rituals but what type of stretch should we do and when?
Stretching exercises fall into 2 categories: Dynamic and Static
DYNAMIC – These are the warm-up stretches. They are used to allow relaxtion in the target muscles – as one muscle contracts, so its opposite muscle relaxes. They are not long hold stretches, but are 8-10 repeitions of only 1-2 seconds.
STATIC – The cool down stretches. Long hold stretches of 30-60 seconds and are to improve the structural length of the muscles, and if done regularly give a long term improvement.
This advice is brought to you with the compliments of Mika at East Surrey Family Chiropractic – to read the full article please visit Stretching or for more information Email or give Mika a call on 01372 747243.
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