Karuna Yoga Vidya Peetham Bangalore

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.

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