Stretching creates such a great feeling within our muscles. But, there is another upside to stretching that the medical field seems to only whisper about. It turns out that stretching can help with arthritis. The sooner we begin to stretch on a regular basis, the more we prevent arthritis.
Our ligaments are like rubber bands. If we stretch a rubber band out when it is cold, it has less elasticity than it does after being stretched out a few times. Likewise, our ligaments will have more range of motion after stretching.
Ligaments help connect our joints together. They also pull joints tighter when they are not stretched and warmed up. This tightness causes the joint to rub and inflame. This is what produces arthritic conditions.
Medication is synonymous with arthritis. Well, not exactly, but when we hear the word arthritis, medication is usually mentioned as well. Sure, I could go into a whole conspiracy-theory escapade that lands me on TV with wild frizzy hair and my eyeballs popping out due to too much caffeine screaming “ALIENS”. But, that’s not my point. My point is we can choose what to do for ourselves. We can stretch now or deal with paying for medication later.
The choice is ours. 🙂