Stretching is just for Old People


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Cut through the confusion and learn the truth about stretching. Do you need to stretch, and will it lead to injury?Stretching has many benefits for older adults.

Stretching is convenient, requires minimal equipment, and can be done anywhere. By incorporating a. Types of stretching for seniors and the elderly can be divided into two categories.

These are Dynamic stretching and Static stretching.Dynamic stretching is used to gradually increase the range of motion of one or more joints. Shoulder circles below is an example of dynamic stretching. The American Council on Exercise lists 10 reasons to perform stretching exercises, and decreasing stiffness is at the top of the list. But that’s not the only reason you should include stretching.

Hamstring stretching is an important component of lower back and leg flexibility for seniors and the elderly. As we age, our lower body will show signs of stiffness and decreased range of motion before our arm and shoulders. We find it harder and harder to put on our shoes and socks. Before beginning the session, it is imperative that one performs stretching as a warm-up. This reduces the risk of muscle strain and improves flexibility, a core concern of exercise programs for older adults.

Remember not to “bounce” or stretch too far, as this will only aggravate the muscles. I. Stretching Exercise for Seniors. Upper Back Stretch. Begin seated with relaxed shoulders. Extend arms forward at shoulder height and grab one hand with the other and push outwards while pulling your back and shoulders forward.

Hold for 10 seconds and release. Chest Stretch. Begin seated with.

Stretching and exercise can help relieve compression on the sciatic nerve root, which leads to sciatica pain. However, many stretches and exercises are too challenging for older adults. Here are 4 effective stretches and exercises that are gentle on the body and easy to perform—and most importantly, can help ease your sciatica pain.

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This is true especially when stretching is started early after the injury or surgery.

“Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity, 2-Volume Set E-Book: Expert Consult” by Terri M. Skirven, A. Lee Osterman, Jane Fedorczyk, Peter C. Amadio
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However, this does not mean that you should stop stretching as you get older.

“Prescriptive Stretching” by Kristian Berg
from Prescriptive Stretching
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The question that most of us hear when we talk to our patients about stretching is, “How long should I hold a stretch?”

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from Bending the Aging Curve: The Complete Exercise Guide for Older Adults
by Joseph F. Signorile
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There is something inherently healing and pleasurable about stretching.

“The Genius of Flexibility: The Smart Way to Stretch and Strengthen Your Body” by Robert Donald Cooley
from The Genius of Flexibility: The Smart Way to Stretch and Strengthen Your Body
by Robert Donald Cooley
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To date, most stretching studies have looked at traditional stretching.

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Stretching does need to be done in most chronic conditions.

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from Mosby’s Massage Therapy Review E-Book
by Sandy Fritz
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In some cases, stretching is not recommended.

“Orthopedic Massage E-Book: Theory and Technique” by Whitney W. Lowe
from Orthopedic Massage E-Book: Theory and Technique
by Whitney W. Lowe
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It’s not that stretching per se is bad.

“Frozen Shoulder Workbook: Trigger Point Therapy for Overcoming Pain & Regaining Range of Motion” by Clair Davies
from Frozen Shoulder Workbook: Trigger Point Therapy for Overcoming Pain & Regaining Range of Motion
by Clair Davies
New Harbinger Publications, 2006

The same is true for stretching.

“Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain Relief and Enlightened Self-Discovery” by Dee Dussault
from Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain Relief and Enlightened Self-Discovery
by Dee Dussault
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Both muscles and tendons are elastic, so stretching doesn’t harm them if done properly.

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  • I would just add this is not just for the aging population but should be for all ages especially 40 and up. Maybe at 40 incorporating this at home will provide a healthy body at my age of 73. And all or free.

  • Im 33 and I feel this is the only and only stretching for beginners! I have one tip, would it be nice you you also show us how to make the exercise completely, for instance, after explaining you could do it two or three times! =)

  • Thanks for sharing these easy at home stretching exercises for older adults. Helping seniors maintain flexibility is important to their overall health and can help them maintain mobility. To learn more stretches for seniors than can be done at home and added to a weekly routine, I found this article helpful:

  • Thank you soooooo much son!! I’m 64 and disabled, hurting everyday. I feel better just from your gentle stretches. Thanks again and bless you and your channel������❤

  • GROW YOUNG……ooooooooo good exercises for seniors “I M 68 YRS INDIAN LADY. I LIKE THIS SIT TING EXER…….THANKS A LOT LOT….& CONGRETUIA……✌✌✌✌✌

  • hey, thanks for these videos/workouts. i will be 66 in just a couple monthes. have become concerned with my increasing inability to walk very far without becoming winded and legs exhausted. one good thing about our current lockdown/quarantine is im getting serious about exercising. following you 5 days a week. my question is “how many videos/workouts do you suggest i do each day? i can do 2 now. thanks!

  • This is a really useful video! Thanks for the tips and advice. My dad who is 92 years old and wanting to start excercising sure is going to enjoy these!

  • I started out as a middle aged man when I began listening to your video. By the time you finished your lengthy intro, I became a senior citizen! I believe this is how you hook your viewers…Very clever! Fortunately, your instruction was very good and the meditation was a pleasant addition, as well! Most mature individuals can listen as fast as the next youngster—so take this under advisement, young man. So, I hope you don’t mind the critique and, while you’re at it, keep up the good work!:)

  • It’s so great to see a young person helping and understanding the challenges of the older crowd. I am active and was taking for granted my good health and stamina BUT am realizing that going into my 60’s how important these type of flexibility and strengthening exercises are. Thank you for making it fun. You are part of my life now!

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  • Good set routine. I have done similar exercises for most of my adult life. They have done a good job at keeping me going. Since I worked hard, shoveling, digging, grooming my horses, cleaned stalls, worked in my garden, skied, ran, rode my horses cross country and jumping. One thing they didn’t do was keep me from wearing out. That is known as living. Thanks for your ideas. I hope you can make a living. It found it very helpful to study human and equine conformation to understand the mechanics of our movements. I remember Jack LaLanne when he was old saying how he hated to work out but he did it because it kept him going. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  • Hi, I am 70+ and having problem with my balance at times. Will this set of exercises be helpful for me? Do I need to do some leg exercise like sit-ups also to strengthen leg muscles?