Why does this work?
Our health care system is built for symptom-based care, not chronic-based care. Meaning, the goal is to solve the pain regardless of the cause.Our muscles apply pressure to the bones so we can walk, pick up things with our hands, or any movement. This is stretching, but not like what you have seen at the gym or stretch classes.
The truth is, our brain plays a bigger role in stretching than anything else. If we fear the movement will cause pain, out brain will not let us do it. This is called “Fight or Flight Syndrome.” When we add too much pressure or hold the stretch for too long of time, the brain thinks someone is trying to hurt us and contracts the muscle to stop the pain. This converts stretching into strength training.
True stretching is about releasing emotionally. the tension in the muscle, so that physically the muscles can let go. When that happens the pressure comes off the joints, spine, nerves, and blood system. At that point the body is in a relaxed state. Your body can get there in 10-15 minutes a day, but it must be done every day. We will show you how.
Stretching is a vital part of maintaining a healthy body into old age.
Due to our limited knowledge of stretching, people make these 4 key mistakes.
1) Holding the stretch too long. Most people hold stretches for 15-60 seconds each. Your muscles have a stretch reflex that goes off in 5 seconds. When a muscle is tight, never hold for more than 5 seconds.
2) Pulling too hard. The harder we pull, the more pain we create, the more the brain fights back. You are doing strength training disguised as stretching.
3) Working too many muscles at a time. Stretching is not multi-tasking, give the brain the opportunity to let one muscle go at a time.
4) Only stretching when there is pain. Stretching is more like eating. You must do it every day just like your pet does.
Want to live a life without pain and enjoy the things you love doing?
Let us show you the cause, then teach you how to prevent it from coming back. The key is how much work you are willing to do at home. If you can give us 15 minutes twice a day, we will show you how easy it is to live PAIN-FREE. Once they become habits, you just do it. How easy is that?
You can read about these in more detail on my blog at Stretch n’ Release Blog.
Neck Pain: Is Your Head Too Heavy For Your Neck? When you complain to me of neck pain, I know many of you have heard me tease you about having too large a brain for your neck. But is it true? What’s funny is the weight of your head can cause neck pain going down...