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Stretching with Limited Mobility

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 08:00 AM


Stretching is an important part of any fitness routine. It helps increase your range of motion, supports joint comfort, and increases blood flow to your muscles. For people with limited mobility, adding stretches to your daily routine can also make everyday activities easier. There are many types of stretches that can be adapted to suit your personal mobility, and can help improve your overall health and well-being.

  • Talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you find a stretching and exercise routine that will meet your personal goals and needs safely. Your doctor may also be able to help you locate additional resources for people with limited mobility, such as specific exercise plans and classes that can be tailored to you.

  • Make a plan. It’s important to find a routine that you enjoy, so that it’s a welcome addition to your day instead of something that feels like a chore. If possible, select a routine that will help you stretch the muscles in both the upper and lower body. Most stretching exercises can be done in the comfort of your home, making it easier to add them to your daily routine. If you have an injury, avoid stretches that use the injured body part until it has fully healed.

  • Stay balanced. Many stretches can be done while seated in a chair or wheelchair, which helps provide additional balance and stability as you move. Yoga can also be a great way to gently incorporate stretching and exercise into your routine, and there are many poses that can be done while seated.

  • Start slowly. Set small goals to start, and always take your time. Your stretches should be slow and controlled, so keep your movement fluid and deliberate. You want to avoid forced, “bouncing” type movements. Remember that stretching should be gentle, and never painful. Breathe slowly as you stretch, and avoid holding your breath. Try to hold your stretches for 15-30 seconds, as long as it doesn’t hurt to do so.

  • Listen to your body. Stop stretching if you start to experience pain or light-headedness. Staying hydrated will help your body perform better, so be sure to drink plenty of water.

Just a few minutes of stretching each day can help improve your overall flexibility. For additional joint support, try UC-II®. Clinical research demonstrates that UC-II® supports joint comfort, flexibility, and mobility, making it a great companion to your regular stretching and exercise routine.

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