Category Archives: Stretches

  • How to Relieve Plantar Fasciitis with Massage and Stretching

    Posted on March 29, 2019 by in Pain Relief, Stretches

    You swing your feet over the side of the bed, stand up, and ow!  What is that pain in your heel that and why do you suddenly feel like crawling isn’t such a bad option for getting around? You gingerly step down again and you can still feel it, a sharp, stabbing pain deep inside […]

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  • How Not to Stretch

    Posted on March 3, 2017 by in Stretches

    I’ve addressed the correct way to stretch in several other blog posts so today I’m gonna tell you what not to do. Now, I’m not normally one to focus on the negative but people will insist on stretching in ways that don’t work and then claim that stretching is useless. The only time stretching is useless […]

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  • The Secret to Stretching (Why You Shouldn’t Try to Stretch)

    Posted on March 27, 2015 by in Stretches

    The Secret to Stretching is to Stretch Gently. You’ve heard me say it before: moving into a stretch until you’re really feeling a burn is counterproductive. This is because it activates a reflex that causes the muscle to contract to protect itself from being over-stretched and torn. Some people seem to innately grasp the concept […]

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  • Are You Making This Common Stretching Mistake?

    Posted on February 20, 2015 by in Stretches

    Don’t try this at home! Oh who am I kidding, if you can do this stretch safely, more power to you. I’m just jealous because I WISH I could do this stretch. For most of my life I’ve been what’s known as “flexibly impaired.” I couldn’t touch my toes to save my life. I could touch my […]

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    How To Stretch in 5 Easy Steps

    Posted on August 15, 2014 by in Stretches

    There’s a lot more to stretching than just bending, leaning, or twisting until you feel a really big pull on your tight muscle. In fact, most people who come into my office (not all of them, mind you. Just most.) have been taught the absolutely wrong way to stretch. Whether you’re stretching prior to exercise, […]

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    Easy Neck Stretches That Anyone Can Do

    Posted on July 25, 2014 by in Neck Pain, Stretches

    It seems like I’ve been showing these stretches to more clients than usual lately so I’m reposting an oldy but a goody. This post was originally published on March 29,2012. Simple Neck Stretches I’m often asked about good stretches for a tight neck.  So this week, I’m going to share some of my favorite neck stretches […]

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    How to Stretch Like a Boss

    Posted on January 31, 2014 by in Stretches

      If you’re like most people, you spend a good portion of your work day with your arms in front of you and your palms turned downward. Then when you get home, you spend a few more hours in that position making dinner, surfing the interwebs, or playing games on one of your devices. As […]

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  • The Best Stress Relieving Stretches. Ever.

    Posted on April 4, 2013 by in Stress, Stretches

    I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that stress leads to muscle tension. That tension can lead to pain if left to its own devices. Well, I’m a firm believer that life is too short for pain. It’s also too short to stay all wound up from your stresses. If your stress management strategy doesn’t […]

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  • Two Unusual (but Highly Effective) Stretches for Shoulder Pain

    Posted on August 23, 2012 by in Stretches

    Let me ask you two questions: 1) Does your back/spine resemble a giant “C”, with your shoulders and butt pointing behind you like so many mannequins nowadays? 2) Are your shoulders rounded forward? If you answered yes to either of these questions, I’ll bet your upper back and shoulders are tense and painful. But hurt […]

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  • 5 Easy Stretches for Shoulder Pain That You Can Do Anywhere

    Posted on August 2, 2012 by in Stretches

    Have you heard of “computer shoulders?” Put simply, it’s pain and tension in the neck, shoulders, chest, and upper back that results from hunching over with your arms out in front of you. But the name is misleading because office workers and computer programmers aren’t the only people who get “computer shoulders.” Crafters, hobbyists, and […]

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  • 5 Essential Travel Stretches

    Posted on June 14, 2012 by in Stretches, Travel/Vacation/Holiday

    While traveling, you spend most of your time sitting; often scrunched into a space that is way too small to leave you feeling good when you finally arrive at your destination. Lucky for you, I’ve got 5 great stretches to get the kinks out.   1. Front of Shoulder Stretch This stretch is especially helpful […]

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  • Simple (But Effective) Neck Stretches

    Posted on March 29, 2012 by in Neck Pain, Stretches

    I’m often asked about good stretches for a tight neck.  So this week, I’m going to share some of my favorite  neck stretches that will benefit almost everyone. They’re mostly in picture form, they’re that simple. Begin each stretch by moving your head as far as you comfortably can in that direction, or until you […]

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