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Dealing with back pain is a debilitating and frustrating existence; our daily lives can be dominated by either the fear of pain or coping with flare-ups.
The complex nature of backs and the unpredictability of treatment and management of back pain has led to a multitude of myths floating around, some of which were based from what the medical profession understood at the time.
Thankfully, over the last decade, the understanding of backs and their relationship with injury and pain has improved immeasurably – yet unfortunately many of these myths persist.
Some research has suggested that static stretching before an activity can actually reduce power, strength and performance. However, these reductions were shown to be minimal and not noticed at all if the stretches were held for less than 45 seconds. It has also been found that stretching does improve flexibility but only for a short period of time. A few minutes after stretching, your joints move further, and with less resistance, so you may have improved flexibility immediately after stretching.
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