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increasing something in one of its dimensions; extending. See exercise.
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A massage technique that consists of pulling a body region or extremity away from its most anatomically neutral position. Stretching may occur with (active) or without (passive) the patient’s help.
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Sports medicine An activity that ideally precedes exercise and is intended to keep the muscles supple and improve the joints' range of motion; in some exercises–eg, yoga, stretching is the exercise; a therapeutic maneuver designed to elongate shortened soft tissue structures and thereby ↑ flexibility. See Ballistic stretching. Cf Aerobic exercise.
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Patient discussion about stretching

Q. How to prevent Stretch Marks? I am pregnant and am starting to get Stretch Marks. How can I stop them?

A. Stretch Marks are hereditary and some women get it while others don't. There are special creams out there in order to prevent stretch marks, however I recommend you take a good moisturizing cream and rub it on your stomach and anywhere else that you need to, every night after the bath.

Q. I want to know why do all pregnant woman get stretch marks and how to treat them? I have given birth to a baby boy recently….it is joyous time on Christmas Eve. This is my second baby. During my previous delivery I didn’t get any stretch mark but now. I want to know why do all pregnant woman get stretch marks and how to treat them?

A. not all women get stretchmarks during pregnancy. some women get them without being pregnant.

Q. Are these stretch marks very common and how to avoid them? I mean which cream to be used? I am in my 8 th month. Everything is going good. Just a worry came when I saw one woman having stretch marks. Are these stretch marks very common and how to avoid them? I mean which cream to be used?

A. Hi , this is my 2nd baby. During the last pregnancy I had stretch marks. I have seen some ladies, who do not have at all. I met one woman with 4 children she did not have any. One of my friend; had in the very first pregnancy. There are creams available for use by pregnant woman before and after pregnancy to avoid stretch marks altogether.

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(1988) Light resistance and stretching exercise in elderly women: effect upon flexibility.
However, the hemodynamic values observed in the intergroup comparisons were lower when stretching exercises were performed both before and after completing RT, although no significant differences occurred from a cardiovascular safety perspective.
One patient was excluded from the intervention group because of not completing stretching exercises sessions, and two patients were excluded from the control group (one of them had died and the other one was not cooperative).
Therefore, we suggest weekly sessions to be alternated between weight training exercises and stretching exercises. The availability of resistance training exercises in a company's exercise program should in fact motivate the workers' adherence to the initiative of company in promoting the workers' health.
However mean improvement in stretching exercises group (P less than 0.01) is relatively greater than myofascial release group (P less than 0.05).
Which the quantity of dynamic stretching exercises for the lower limbs with the objective of result a better vertical jump performance?
Daley AJ (2009) [11] believed that contracted ligamentous bands in the abdominal region were the causative factor for physical compression of nerve pathways and their irritation, so the proposed series of stretching exercise was considered very effective.
THE first line treatment for frozen shoulder involves a combination of painkillers, heat treatment, special stretching exercises, medicines to strengthen the cartilage and application of local ointment.
Those in the other group, who participated in twice-weekly, 60minute sessions on health topics, including 20 minutes of stretching exercises, were encouraged to stretch at home for 20 minutes each day.
my body is ever-so gradually I wave goodbye to my pal armed with a guide for some stretching exercises and with a newly-found spring in my discomfort-free step.
Performing stretching exercises can also help reduce the effects of bad shoes.
To avoid cramp, try a few stretching exercises before playing sport or going to bed.