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increasing something in one of its dimensions; extending. See exercise.


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.


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.

stretching (streˑ·ching),

n mechanical lengthening of myofascial fibers. Muscles and fascia lengthen longitudinally and cross-directionally.

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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On similar note, Dr Mahmood Shehabullah, a sports medicine specialist in Oman, says that stretching is a must for all sorts of exercise.
The purpose was to investigate the effects of different agonist and antagonist stretching arrangements of hip flexors and extensors on hip SROM and DROM in trained male subjects.
14] obtained closed form solution for a viscous, incompressible, MHD flow over a porous stretching sheet.
Monoaxial stretching units are generally based on rotating rollers that apply the necessary tensile stress via frictional contact.
In a large study using military recruits, Pope, Herbert, Kirwan and Graham (2000) studied the effects of pre-exercise stretching specifically on lower limb injury.
For the six-week on-going stretching programme, stretch group 1 reduced the frequency of stretching to three times a week and stretch group 2 reduced to once a week.
Physiologists recommend instead doing a dynamic stretching routine after a general five-minute warm-up: Rather than simply sitting in the splits or throwing a leg up on the barre, keep the muscles moving as you open up your range of motion.
While there are many stretching techniques used in practice (e.
It would have been more accurate for de Paula and colleagues to conclude something like: "The findings of the present study indicate that 60 sec of static stretching created a significant decrease in grip strength in these male subjects.
Hence, why even consider including static stretching in a warm-up?
Many studies have been conducted to understand the impact of stretching or warm-ups on the risk of injury, but with conflicting results.
Our results suggest that stretching before an endurance event may lower endurance performance and increase the energy cost of running," wrote Jacob M.