Homecare is an important part of my massage therapy treatment plans. Different homecare assignments are tailored to individual goals. And for almost every patient I see, stretching is incorporated into their treatment plan. In general, we don’t move our bodies enough. Stretching is taking one or more of our joints to the furthest range it can reach, stretching the muscles that usually move the joint into the opposite direction.
If you have an acute injury, I might not suggest stretching the injured area – for a shoulder, I might start you with neck stretches, so that you prevent them from stiffening up while your shoulder heals.
My general guidelines:
- Improves muscle tone
- Decreases muscle guarding
- Increases range of motion
- Maintains flexibility
- Warm up the body part you’re stretching, either with gentle movement, or using a hot shower or bath, or heating pad
- Perform the stretch as demonstrated by your therapist, making sure that you are pain free
- Hold your stretch as instructed for 15 seconds up to 1 minute
- Unless instructed otherwise, stretch both sides of your body
- IF YOU FEEL PAIN, STOP! Sharp or intense pain is not part of your treatment plan. Contact me for more information