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increasing something in one of its dimensions; extending. See exercise.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Additionally she stresses the importance of being safe and maintaining good form; although reaching minor discomfort is a sign that we are pushing ourselves to become more flexible, "forcing your body to work beyond its limits not only lessens the potential benefits of stretching, but also significantly increases your risk of injury."
Exercise dogma long has extolled the value of stretching, usually as a warm-up before exercise or as a cool-down afterward.
There are two types of static stretching: active and passive.
Recently two researchers, who reviewed about 20 years worth of stretching research published the results in the academic journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.
Whatever the intensity, pressure, or pain level, it should slowly dissipate over the course of a stretching session.
Most research studies have examined the acute effects of various stretching methods on performance by measuring the joint ROM statically prior to and immediately after stretching (17-21).
The heat will help prepare your muscles for stretching.
Studies of fluids flow due to stretching phenomena and heat transfer have relevance to a score of important applications that occur in industry such as extrusion process and production of plastic sheets.
Their findings indicate that the static stretching had no impact on PT or MP during maximal, voluntary concentric isokinetic muscle actions in collegiate women's basketball players.
The focus of these studies is on the production of oriented amorphous polycarbonate film; the results are intended to compare uniaxially stretched film produced on a stretching line unit with planar stretched film produced on a stretching frame.
The ACSM recognizes three main methods of stretching commonly used by athletes, coaches, and physical education teachers.