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Stretching the truth

Monday, December 18th, 2006

The purpose of this article is to inform those who consider passive stretching a necessary component of the exercise routine of the true, objective, and Physiological facts surrounding it.

———Current research quotes are provided at the bottom———-

Passive stretching is typically performed before or after a workout to ‘loosen up’ muscles or prevent them from becoming stiff. The process of reaching, bending, and holding positions to the point of pain is really quite absurd and self-defeating when you really look at it from a Physiological standpoint. In terms of alleviating muscle soreness, there is no scientific research that supports this. In fact, the exact mechanisms of muscle soreness, and why it occurs are still being debated to this day. As far as stiffness or tightness goes, why doesn’t anyone every question why muscles are that way in the first place? (more…)