Should i be contracting the muscle during stretching?

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  1. JustBeingDylan

    JustBeingDylan New Member

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    The FAQ reads:
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    > You may not be contracting the muscle being stretched--it may help to place your hand on the muscle you want to stretch or to think about the intended motion (pinching, pushing, pulling) in a different way.

    I thought i should relax my muscles when i stretched them. Can someone shed a light?
     
  2. Mr_High_Kick

    Mr_High_Kick New Member

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    If the FAQ is referring to muscle energy techniques (e.g. PNF), the contraction is performed immediately prior to increasing the stretch. Here is an example protocol for the side split:

    1) Stretch to the point of resistance.
    2) Tense your inner thighs as if squeezing the floor.
    3) Hold the tension for 5-7 seconds.
    4) Relax and immediately increase the stretch.
    5) Repeat the process several times.
    6) Hold a final 30-second contraction.

    Tensing the muscles facilitates a post-contraction depression of the stretch reflex, allowing you to increase range of motion immediately upon relaxation.
     
  3. mayuru

    mayuru New Member

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    [Top Stretching Methods Reviewed: Cut Through the Trends and Choose What’s Right for You](https://gmb.io/stretching-methods/)

    It depends what kind of stretching you are doing. That webpage gives good information.
     

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