Stretching is not just for athletes, it is good for everyone. Healthy muscles and joints that are not regularly stretched will shorten. If they shorten, they can cause poor posture, the strain on other muscles and tendons, pain and stiffness. Following a program of proper stretches for the right muscles will take about 10 minutes. You’ll want to make sure you stretch the chest, the gluts, the hip flexors, the hamstrings, the quads and the calf. Each stretch should be sustained about 30 seconds and should start gradually then increase until you feel a mild to moderate stretch. Stretching 3 to 5 days a week will help you maintain good posture, healthy muscles and joints, improved function and independence and reduce pain and injury. That’s a big reward for a small effort.
Physiotherapists are trained to identify short muscles and tight joints and instruct you in stretches to treat them.