Most people know stretching is good for your body, but you may wonder: what does stretching do for your muscles, anyway? Stretching increases tissue flexibility, allowing your muscles to relax and grow longer. It affects the tendons and ligaments, too, increasing their length and loosening them somewhat as well. This keeps your joints supple and maintains your range of motion. It can also help reduce pain from your tissues tightening, especially after you’ve participated in a tough workout or held one position, like sitting, for too long.
For some sports, stretching before you exercise may not be quite as beneficial for your performance. Relaxing your muscles afterward, however, is very good for your body. If you aren’t sure how to stretch your feet and lower legs safely, request more information from us here at Sierra Foot & Ankle in Gardnerville, NV. You can reach us by using our online contact page or by calling (775) 783-8037.