The final stretch of the week for October, which will round out our partner stretching theme for the month, is called the Thai Massage Stretch. One partner will get a chest and inner arm stretch with this, while the other partner will get a slight chest and calf stretch.
We will be performing the Revolved Forward Fold Partner Side Stretch for the third week of October. It is one of my favorites, as it stretches the sides of the body, the inner thighs, the hamstrings and the low back.
In the last week of September we will be performing a combination of movements from week 2 and week 3 of this month, so make sure you go back and check them out!
One of the more frequent questions I am asked when conducting physical therapy evaluations is “Did my injury occur because I did not stretch before my physical activity?” That’s a great question and the quick answer is no…..and yes. Let me explain.
It’s not uncommon for runners, cyclists and triathletes to have calluses, lost toe nails, pain behind the heel, bunions, and other aches and pains. Feet absorb so much force and can either make these activities comfortable or miserable.
Fortunately, there are some things that can be done to help keep active feet pain-free, including exercises. That said, prior to beginning any exercise program, it is recommended to consult with your physician, physical or occupational therapist to determine which exercises are best for you.
In the third week of September we will be performing the Top of the Foot Stretch.
This is a bonus stretch because in addition to stretching the top of the foot, it stretches the shin muscles too! To perform this stretch you will need a sturdy chair. Please do not attempt this stretch if you have any foot or shin injuries.