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Today, when someone says they’ve been running around, it usually entails sitting in a car, standing in an elevator, standing in lines and sitting in waiting rooms. None of these activities actually challenge the muscles to move through their full range of motion. Repetitive immobility, replicated on a daily basis, leads to chronic, postural overload and adaptive shortening of the muscles and fascia. This shortening of the myofascia exhibits itself as stiff joints, decreased flexibility, loss of fluidity, and poor posture. ¬†Fascia, according to Cailliet, “envelops individual muscle groups that separate that group from adjacent muscle groups. There is a fluid between the fibers of this fascia that acts as a lubricant to permit freedom of movement of each adjacent muscle group.”
If you continually stress and tighten a muscle group, the fascia and muscles will adhere together, restricting their range of motion and creating postural imbalances. “What most of us think of as balance is this sort of a state of contraction, of holding things together so they will not fall apart. Over time, this sort of posture becomes habitual, and it results in chronic rigidity,”explains Joseph Heller in his book, Bodywise. The goal of any chiropractor, when looking to correct vertebral subluxations, is to help the body regain balance and reduce this chronic rigidity. When a body is out of alignment, there exists an unequal pull of gravity upon all the body parts
Stretching a warmed up muscle can stretch longer and endure more. Stretching at the end of the cool down phase, after exercise, also helps to maintain long term flexibility. There is a thought of replacing static stretches with dynamic stretches work better as a warm-up.
A light, gentle, rhythmic movements work best for the average person. (i.e. half a squat vs. a full squat until you are thoroughly warmed up)
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