What is Static Stretching active? Benefits and contraindications
Static stretching active involves holding a stretch in a stationary position, using the strength of the opposing muscle to hold the stretch rather than an external force. In other words, the individual uses the strength of the agonist muscle to stretch the antagonist muscle. This type of stretching is often used in yoga, where individuals move into a pose and hold it for an extended period.
Benefits of static stretching active include:
- Improved flexibility and range of motion
- Reduced muscle tension and soreness
- Improved muscle coordination and posture
- Increased blood flow and circulation to the stretched muscles
Contraindications of static stretching active include:
- Individuals with joint problems or injuries should consult with a doctor or physical therapist before attempting any type of stretching.
- Overstretching can cause muscle strain and injury, so it’s important to only stretch to a comfortable limit.
- Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as osteoporosis, may need to modify or avoid certain stretches to avoid injury.