Physical and Occupational Therapy

Stretching, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Part 2

In part one of our stretching blog adventure we uncovered some researched based (& somewhat shocking) truths about stretching. Now it’s time to get down to business…let’s talk about a couple of weird stretches! 

PANDICULATION is a non-traditional stretch. If you’ve ever awoken in the morning, yawned, and stretched your arms, you’ve experienced pandiculation. Use the noun pandiculation to describe the particular sleepy combination of yawning and stretching. … The Latin root is pandiculari, “to stretch oneself,” from pandere, “to stretch.”

PNF STRETCHING is another non traditional stretch. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is a more advanced form of flexibility training that involves both the stretching and contraction of the muscle group being targeted. PNF stretching was originally developed as a form of rehabilitation, and to that effect it is very effective.

Remember…no matter the stretch, it shouldn’t hurt! Flexibility is important and gaining flexibility can be uncomfortable, but it should never bring tears. 

Stretching is good for you, so no matter what type of stretch you choose….traditional or non-traditional, just s-t-r-e-t-c-h! 

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