As the summer officially begins; summer activities, yard work and celebrations begin. We all want to enjoy the beautiful weather outside – but it’s important to remember to practice safety before we start moving.
Dr. Erik reminds everyone that, no matter your age or ability level, stretching and warming-up your muscles before you begin any activity is vital. You can help prevent sore muscles by doing these stretches before taking on your summer:
All stretches should be held for 30 seconds, and 2 sets should be completed on each side for optimal benefit.
1. Upper Trap stretch. Tilt your ear to you shoulder, while keeping your nose pointed straight forward and shoulders relaxed, until you feel a gentle stretch through the side of your neck. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides.
2. Shoulder Cross body stretch. Grab just above your elbow with your opposite hand and gently pull your arm across your body until a stretch is felt on the back of your shoulder. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides.
3. Piriformis stretch. Laying on your back bring your knee toward your opposite shoulder until a stretch is felt through your buttocks area. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides.
4. Hamstring stretch. Seated in chair with one leg bent and one extended out in front of you. Lean forward slightly until a stretch is felt down the back of your thigh. Toes should be relaxed to avoid putting stress on your sciatic nerve. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides.
5. Gastroc stretch. Standing facing a wall with a staggered stance (1 foot closer to the wall and 1 foot behind). Bend the knee closer to the the wall, while keeping the back leg straight. Lean into the wall, until a gentle stretch is felt in the back leg. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides.
Also don’t forget to drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen during your summer activities! If you need any guidance or experience any pain or injury this summer, just give the office a call : 203-263-0411