Sometimes it just feels so good to stretch!!!!!
As a sports medicine practice with DPT's and DO's, we get asked a lot of questions about stretching. Usually, people come to us for advice on different ways to stretch before or after a workout. Most of the time its because people feel tightness or pain and feel as though stretching would be the right way to approach their perceived tightness/pain.
We also get dozens of questions from people asking for beneficial stretches for a "pulled muscle" or a "slight muscle strain."
The purpose of this article is to discuss some of the "do's and don'ts" of stretching and hopefully provide some clarity on the concept of stretching.
We think its important to address a couple of things:
There are still a lot of advancements to be made when it comes to researching stretching. Multiple theories have been proposed to explain stretching. These are highlighted in this article by Weppler 2010. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20075147/
Can we ask you a few questions?
If you answered yes to one of these things then we would like to say 1) We're sorry you've been struggling with that and 2) We're really excited because we think you're about to have an epiphany and begin to re-write that narrative and return to playing pain-free and consistent golf.
One of the populations that we love to serve and are so passionate about is our golfers! Matter of fact, it is a mission of ours to help 1,000 golfers to overcome injury and nagging back pain on the course, regain their mobility, increase their distance and consistency, and help them play golf for many years to come!
Throughout our experience in helping...