Though stretching can be time-consuming, it provides many benefits. Gentle stretching can help loosen the soft tissues of your body like ligaments and muscles to increase flexibility and help you relax. That being said, it is easy to make common mistakes that can cause injury. Here are some tips to make sure that you’re avoiding injury and stretching safely.

Safe Stretching

Stretching cold muscles may cause injury.

Though static stretches are a great way to keep you flexible, stretching before warming-up can damage tight muscles that haven’t had a chance to loosen up.
Instead of stretching right after getting up, try stretching after you’re done with your morning routine or a low intensity walk for 5 to 10 minutes. This should give your body ample time to warm-up so that your stretches will be more effective and safer.

With stretching, there’s no gain with pain.

Stretching until it hurts can damage ligaments, joints and muscles and do much more harm than good.
Stretch until you feel tension in your muscles. If you begin to feel pain, gently back off to the point where you don’t feel discomfort. Hold the stretch so you receive the benefits without the pain.

Be consistent with your stretching.

Sporadically stretching will put you at risk of losing the benefits that stretching offers. Without regular stretching, your muscles will begin to tighten and your range of motion will decrease. Stretching regularly at least two times a week will help maintain benefits such as increased flexibility.

Stretching on your Teeter.

Inverting doesn’t just relieve back pain, it has many other benefits as well. One of which is that your inversion table provides an ideal platform to gently stretch soft tissues, especially in your lower back. While inverted, gravity gently elongates the muscles surrounding your spine. This promotes greater flexibility and mobility of your back so that you can get more things done throughout the day!

Relieving back pain isn’t the only benefit of inversion. Regularly inverting on your Teeter provides an ideal way to gently stretch soft tissues, especially in your lower back. While inverted, gravity gently elongates the muscles that support and encase your spine. This promotes greater flexibility and mobility – the added benefit of which is that you can be more comfortable and engage in the activities you love! Stretching doesn’t have to be a chore and consume too much of your time – just a few minutes a day on your Teeter Inversion Table in addition to these basic stretches can help you prevent injury, ease stress and improve flexibility so that you can feel better, move better, live better!