I have been trained to use stretches and have been a fan for most of my Physio life. Current research however disputes the efficacy of the humble stretch. The latest research suggests that the controlled groups of pre exercise stretching versus the pre exercise no stretching groups having no difference in the post exercise injury to the muscles. So, why stretch? more to the point I believe is WHEN do we stretch. As a Soaztherapist, I know that until the muscle is worked and released that attempting to stretch does not work. Its a bit like taking a piece of meat out of the freezer and trying to stretch it after 10 minutes. Yes the outside will be somewhat relaxed but the middle is still frozen. This is the case with dry hard and unresponsive Postural muscles.
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