“Why Stretching Doesn’t Always Work To Relieve Your Pain Long Term…” - The Physio Revolution

“Why Stretching Doesn’t Always Work To Relieve Your Pain Long Term…”

Ever wonder why you keep having to stretch over and over again but the relief really doesn’t “stay” for very long?

If you've tried stretching before and it didn't help, you might be actually missing a very BIG key piece of the puzzle to why you're not getting long-term relief and only some quick, temporary relief.

So many people do struggle with spasms or tightness and think that if they just stretch it will help it, but then they end up feeling frustrated on why they have to go back and stretch it again and again...

And if this is you, I'll help you get down to why this is even happening to you.

But before we do that, I want you to go back 20, 30, or even 40 years (for some of you) and think about grade school.

I'm not trying to age you, I promise.

But, I want you to think back on the days in grade school when you'd go to PE or gym class, and you'd start off by sitting criss cross apple sauce...

And what did your gym instructor or teacher tell you to do before you started the game of the day or the kickball game?


Count to 10 and stretch your legs 4 different ways: touch your toes, lean forward, lean to the side, and then kick your leg behind and get the front of it too right?! 

I used to hate counting to 10 and having to do BOTH legs... What a waste of time as a kid! ... I just wanted to go start the game already!

Anyways, if you can recall doing this, it's likely you've been taught that stretching is going to help loosen up the muscles...

And so you still to this day count to 10 stretching different ways you've been taught over the years and then shortly after some little relief you get...

It doesn't help anymore.

Truth be told, if anything, all you're doing is quickly putting tension on the muscle's nervous system (not really the muscle, but the wiring of the muscle) pulling it like a rubber band for 10 seconds and then quickly letting go, making it want to stay guarded or protect itself...

And then it stays in a cautious state - Almost like it has to be careful to not do too much or else it might get quickly stretched again.

Muscles don't love this, if I'm being honest.

If they were truly "tight" or had so much tension that they were shortened - the reason would be because of bigger issues. Issues like your joint doesn't move as much as it should or it's restricted (truly diagnosed as restricted by a professional), or you've had a muscle that has been in a cast or the same position for a long time - (people who struggle with tightness after a stroke or neuromuscular issues)...

But if you're not dealing with those bigger impactful things, then stretching might not be working for one very big reason.

It's actually not tight after all.

That's the thing - most often people feel tightness or spasms because of a different issue.

Let's say you had a button that was coming loose on your shirt or blouse. 

And the more you wash and tumble dry it over time, giving it no attention and not reinforcing it - what happens? 

The button gets more loose.

And one day, your shirt has a button hanging by a thread...

So, what do you do?

You get out that old sewing kit (or ask your mom for help in my case) to reinforce that button back on with more string so you can keep wearing the shirt.

Muscles are like the thread that holds the button to your shirt. When they are strong, they reinforce joints they connect to, to stay stable and not feel loose or unstable.

And when muscles aren't strong and they are overstretched - which is over 90% of us in this world who sit & don't exercise as often as we should - then muscles have to try their best to hold on to keep the joints stable with whatever little strength they have - so, when they get tired of trying, they spasm or tighten up involuntarily.

That's the tightness you feel!

It's the muscles trying to secure your joints because they got too weak.

But, then you go to stretch it again (when it's not short, it's actually weak) and you reinforce the weakness...

So, it's a catch-22 for many people.

That's the problem why many people struggle to get relief from stretching:

  1. 1. They don't know that stretching is making it worse and keeping them stuck in tightness or spasms.
  2. 2. They don't know what muscle or muscles aren't doing their job correctly. So, they're just trying any stretch instead to find relief.
  3. 3. They don't know how to target those muscles to help relieve the tightness & get the whole chain stronger so they have less spasms or tightness.

If you're more of a video person and enjoy learning by watching, then I'll break this down for you in the quick 4 minute video I made for you above. Just click play and enjoy.

- AND -

If you’re wondering if what you have is truly due to tightness or if it’s caused by something else, we can help you figure that out.

Many of times these tight muscles just need a bit of retraining and it helps give you long lasting relief. Plus, you’ll know exactly what needs to be done if this ever pops up again for you.

To get started with us you can either call us and chat with one of our team members at (720)-571-1755 or you can Apply For A Free Discovery Visit, where you’ll sit down with a specialist to tell them what’s been going on, they will watch you move to find out where the attention needs to be put to help you solve your problem, and from there, you can decide if we are a good fit for each other moving forward.

Your choice - you can stay stretching and doing the guessing game and stay stuck or you can do something about it for good and get expert care from people who know what they are doing. But, I know if you're reading this far - you don't want to stay stuck, that's why you came for answers here. And if you're ready for more answers then just call us now to help you.

Lastly - You’ll never be backed into a corner or anything of that sort. We are fully transparent with costs, time to heal, and what recovery out of pain looks like upfront before any big commitments are made. And we don't take on anyone who we don't think we can help - so, if you're not going to get better in our eyes with what we do for people, we'll get you to the next best place. But if you do, we'll tell you everything with full transparency on how we can help in your situation. 

Are you ready to get back to living an active and pain-free life? Book a free call with our team today to find out how we can help you!

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Brooke Olsen

Brooke Olsen

Co-Founder, Director of Physical Therapy
Brooke is a physical therapist, director of physical therapy, and co-founder at The Physio Revolution. She has worked with professional athletes from Olympic level and recreational weekend warriors to others who are in need of regaining their independence and mobility back in their everyday life. Brooke works extensively with all of the PT’s and spends a vast amount of her time ensuring our treatment plans keep pace with the rapid advancements that make physical therapy so effective and such a ‘go-to’ profession for people aged 45+.
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