Benefits of Stretching

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Benefits of Stretching

Regular stretching can help reduce osteoarthritis knee pain and increase mobility. However, the key word here is “regular” and not just once in a while.

Studies have found that the best way to become someone that practices any type of exercise regularly (this includes stretching) is to develop an exercise habit.

In developing an exercise habit it’s good to start with an activity that doesn’t take a ton of motivation or exertion. Basically, something that is on the easier side, and that you will actually do.

Stretching can be a great place to start.

Though stretching will not cure osteoarthritis of the knee, it can help to slow its progression. It can also help reduce knee pain and other osteoarthritis symptoms.

Studies like this one have also shown that by making stretching a habit, you can actually increase your range of motion. This is great, considering a symptom of knee osteoarthritis is stiff joints and decreased mobility.

Another area affected by knee osteoarthritis is flexibility.

Flexibility is one of the most important characteristics of our muscles.

By being flexible we have more mobility, less stiffness, and are less prone to injury. However, as we increase in age, our flexibility decreases. Fortunately, as demonstrated in this study , regular stretching can actually increase flexibility and improve knee function.

Stretching regularly has also been shown to delay the need for medical or surgical intervention.

That being said, if you are in pain and are in need of medical intervention, please take action by exploring your options.

Gone are the days of a total knee replacement being the only go-to procedure for treating symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.

Today there are non-invasive procedures available such as Genicular artery embolization which can be done as an outpatient procedure. Not only that, but GAE has a must faster recovery time. To learn more about Geneticular Artery Embolization, please check out this article.

Ok, so let’s get back to stretching-

When it comes to stretching there are two types of stretches: Static and Dynamic.

In our next article, we take a look at these two types of stretches and begin to explore specific stretches for those of us with knee osteoarthritis.

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