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Specializing in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, Sports Injuries and Treatment of the Spine 101 Cambridge Street Burlington, MA 01803 www.orthopaedicsplus.com. Protecting Against Injuries with Stretching. Commonsense work habits are your greatest defense against fixed posture aches and pains.

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Specializing in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, Sports Injuries and Treatment of the Spine

101 Cambridge Street

Burlington, MA 01803

www.orthopaedicsplus.com

protecting against injuries with stretching

Protecting Against Injuries with Stretching

Commonsense work habits are your greatest defense against fixed posture aches and pains

work smarter with frequent position changes
Work Smarter with Frequent Position Changes
  • Vary your sitting positions and shorten the length of time that you are static.
  • Remember that even “perfect” posture can be detrimental to the musculoskeletal system
  • Does not require leaving your work station and disrupting your work flow.
  • Along with gentle stretching, allows your soft tissues the opportunity stay healthy
stretching
Stretching
  • If performed correctly, stretching improves flexibility and as a result, decreases the risk of injury to muscles, tendons and ligaments.
  • Address the muscle groups frequently used while at work.
  • If you have any medical concerns, you may want to consult with a medical professional before beginning a stretching program.
benefits of stretching
Benefits of Stretching
  • Increased flexibility and joint ROM
  • Improved circulation
  • Better posture
  • Stress relief and decreased

muscle tension

  • Decreased risk of an overuse

injury

how to stretch safely
How to Stretch Safely
  • To minimize injury, stretching should be done gently or after warm up.
  • Static stretching is done by slowly moving a joint towards it's end-range of motion.
  • A gentle "pulling" sensation should be felt in the desired muscle.
  • This position is then held for 15 - 20 seconds.
  • Do not stretch to the point of pain.
  • Do not bounce, this may cause a muscle injury.
  • Repeat each stretch 3 to 5 times.
quad stretch
Quad Stretch
  • Hold on for balance.
  • Hold/support one foot behind you.
  • Stand up straight with both knees side by side.
  • Tighten your buttock muscles
  • Hold & repeat on each leg.
  • Feel the stretch in the front of your thigh.
calf stretch
Calf Stretch
  • Hold on for balance.
  • Place one foot behind you.
  • Lean in towards the wall, keeping your back heel down.
  • Hold and repeat on each leg.
  • You should feel the stretch in the bottom part of your lower leg.
lower back stretch
Lower Back Stretch
  • Place both hands on your hips.
  • Gently push your hands forward, increasing the extension in your lower back.
  • Perform in a pain free range of motion
  • Hold and repeat.
  • You should feel a gentle stretch in your lower back.
upper back stretch
Upper Back Stretch
  • Place both hands behind your neck. Do not pull!
  • Pull your chin back to protect your neck.
  • Pull your elbows back and extend your upper back.
  • Hold and repeat.
  • You should feel a gentle pull in your upper back.
forearm stretch
Forearm Stretch
  • Bend your wrist up (palm away) and hold with the opposite hand.
  • Extend you elbow.
  • Hold and repeat on both arms.
  • You should feel a gentle stretch down the bottom of your forearm.
forearm stretch1
Forearm Stretch
  • Bend your wrist down (palm facing) and hold with the opposite hand.
  • Extend you elbow.
  • Hold and repeat on both arms.
  • You should feel a gentle stretch down the top of your forearm.