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  • Writer's pictureCaroline Botting

Stretching is a placebo for your injury. Strengthening is the cure you need.

Do you stretch and stretch and stretch and are still achy and sore?

Do you wonder why you can’t seem to fix your nagging aches and pains?

The problem you’re encountering is that stretching is not fixing your problems. It’s your placebo to make you feel better, but it’s not creating lasting positive changes and will never be the cure to your pains.

When you stretch your muscle fibres which make up your muscles are stretched out slightly. But without a sustainable amount of tension over the long term, they recoil (like they’re supposed to) to the length that they normally sit at. Over a course of time stretching religiously may slightly increase your flexibility as well as the length of your muscle fibers, but without continually doing so they will shorten back up.

Also, having more flexibility isn’t helping your aches and pains.

👉🏻Your aches and pains are actually your body feeling tired from trying to keep you upright without having enough structure and strength to do so.

👉🏻Your aches and pains are also from joints that aren’t moving enough and aren’t allowing the fluid within them to get pushed around which is what your joints need to stay healthy.💥

So why do we stretch? Straight up, it feels good.

But that doesn’t negate the fact that just stretching isn’t doing anything really for your aches and pains.

In order to feel less aches and pains, you need to strengthen.

That means working your muscles, not just stretching them.

💥Having a stronger body equals less energy needed to hold yourself up and do movements in your life. This is the cure that you need for your injuries. Not just stretching.💥

You’ve done the same thing (stretching) over and over again but expect a different result each time. Instead of keeping down that path, it’s time to veer off to an actual fix to your problems. It’s time to get strong and kick those aches and pains to the curb.

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