So I came across a video by a couple of physical therapists that explained how stretching is a waste of time unless it addresses a specific issue. These guys were thorough, had a bullet point reference on the matter and explained each point clearly. While I agree with the science of it all, I vehemently disagree on the holistic side of it.
Now, I’m a personal trainer and massage therapist, their skill set and knowledge level are different from mine.
That said – I don’t tell people stretching is a waste of time because anything you do that gets you moving and makes you feel good should be embraced! Hallelujah!
I view static stretching as something that “feels good” and not having a lasting effect on the muscle length (unless you are holding the stretch for long periods of time, very long). I consider dynamic stretching more beneficial to a moving body, and the winning medal goes to (drum roll…..) neuromuscular stretching. With neuromuscular stretching you start getting the nervous system involved and that creates a lasting effect leading to decreased tension and improved flexibility. It involves active and passive ranges of motion and it’s best to have a therapist lead you through it.
I’m a big believer in developing a program that trains and prepares the body for a lifetime worth of movement. I implement corrective exercise and continually assess movement because the body shifts and adapts to what we put it through.