What is Passive Stretching? Benefits and contraindications
Passive stretching is a type of stretching where an external force, such as a prop or another person, is used to move a joint through its range of motion. The person being stretched remains relaxed and does not actively contract their muscles.
Benefits of passive stretching may include:
- Improved flexibility and range of motion
- Increased blood flow and oxygen to the muscles
- Reduced muscle tension and stiffness
- Improved posture and alignment
Contraindications of passive stretching may include:
- Joint or muscle pain
- Inflammation or swelling
- Recent injury or surgery
- Osteoporosis or other bone disorders
- Pregnancy (certain positions may be uncomfortable or unsafe)
It is important to practice passive stretching under the guidance of a qualified instructor and to listen to your body to avoid overstretching or causing injury.