The Science of Stretching

Inflexibility is a tough word. No one wants to be told they are inflexible, whether it’s about your approach, your opinion, or your physical abilities. Your flexibility not only has wonderful benefits to your physical health but also to your mental, emotional, and even spiritual sense of feeling strong and fit.

Stretching is something that can help many accident victims who have suffered a trauma to recover some or all of their physical and mental health. It’s a present moment fulfillment and awareness of your body. Stretching heightens a calm mental state of mind. It relieves tension and promotes relaxation. Studies have revealed that the act of stretching provides conscious self-reflection, the ability to deal with adversity, and the desire to achieve a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Stretching has tremendous benefits and can help you through your physical recovery after an accident, provided you don’t overdo it and you follow the directions of a physician. Physically, it benefits your joints while providing a full range of motion in all areas. It should never force your muscles but, instead, provide a deep stretch. This will help relieve stress, revitalize energy, and bring balance to your overall metal health and physical recovery.

When muscles are not stretched, they remain short and tight. This limits mobility and becomes a hindrance in the recovery of injuries. Stretching allows for the new flexible patterns of mobility and function that are crucial to activities of daily living. It improves the strength of damaged or weak muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It can offer you better resilience and flexibility to take on life’s challenges outside traditional medicine, and offer a lifelong journey to a healthier body, mind and spirit.

About the Authors

Steven’s practice areas consist of brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopaedic injuries, and other personal impairments. Prior to joining Oatley Vigmond in 2012, Steven worked as a claims manager in the insurance industry for more than 16 years, specializing in automobile accident collisions, personal injury and litigation. Years of experience in claims management has provided Steven with a unique insight into the insurance system and how insurance companies think. Now, he provides prompt and effective assistance to help Oatley Vigmond clients access the insurance benefits to which they are entitled following automobile collisions. He also helps assemble a reliable community of rehabilitation and long-term care specialists for our clients.

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