Physical and Occupational Therapy

The Unstretchables

  • There are some muscles you simply can’t stretch no matter how hard you try, just don’t tell that to elastigirl! Truth is we have 3 different “types” of muscles in our body, and not all of the types can be intentionally stretched. (Unless you have super powers)         Here’s a list of unstretchable muscles.
  • The heart
  • The diaphragm (a breathing muscle)
  • Detrusor muscle (contracts your bladder)
  • Arrector Pili (muscle that attaches to hair follicle to give you goosebumps)
  • Recti muscles (group of 4 muscles that move your eyeballs)
  • Irises (muscle that controls diameter of your pupil)
  • Here’s a big one…levator palpebrae superioris (muscle that raises your eyelid). You get the idea, not all muscles were meant to be stretched. However, for the muscles that were meant for stretching, let us give you a few do’s and don’t to help you achieve better flexibility. 
  • Don’t bounce. Stretch into a comfortable pull sensation and hold it for 30-90 seconds. Do this 2-4 times or until the pull sensation lessens.
  • Do breath. Oxygen is good for your muscles, do not hold your breath.
  • Don’t stretch past pain. Unless you are being directly guided to do so by a physical therapist don’t stretch your body into pain provoking positions, you can do damage. Stretching can be uncomfortable but shouldn’t be painful.
  • Do stretches daily. Flexibility can only be maintained through consistent completion of stretching.  So there you have it, muscles are a lot like people…some are simply more flexible than others. Which type would you rather be around? Flexibility is a good thing, on a lot of levels. Be happy, be healthy, be you. 

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