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Who should do stretching exercises?

Everyone should include stretching exercises into  their daily routine. Stretching improves flexibility, joint range of motion, strength and decreases injury risk. Those who perform repetitive motion or stay in static postures for long periods of time should really focus on stretching. Some studies have shown that stretching also has a psychological benefit as well. Stress has been shown to reduce sadness by decreasing stress-related hormones.  

The use of stretching, like any other form of exercise, should be pursued with an understanding of any potential risks involved.  There are certain precautions and contraindications to stretching:  

Take caution:                    

  • Seniors
  • High blood pressure
  • Neuromuscular disorders

Do not perform during:

  • Acute injury
  • Acute Rheumatoid arthritis

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