Flexibility is the range of motion possible around a specific joint or series of articulations. It helps balance muscle groups that might be overused during exercise or physical activity or as a result of bad posture. Stretching muscle fascia and protecting other connective tissue from injury, like cartilage, ligaments, and tendons are critical components of a balanced and effective program. By using static and proprioception neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) among other stretching principles, flexibility provides many important benefits that cannot be achieved by any other exercise or activity.
- Improve posture
- Increased range of motion (ROM) available at joint
- Increased blood and nutrients to tissues
- Improved physical performance and decreased risk of injury
- Reduce muscle soreness
- Personal enjoyment, relaxation, and reduced stress
- Reduced risk of low back pain