What is it: Bend/Stretch exercises challenge the ability of your body’s joints to move freely through a full range of motion. TheraCise uses passive bend/stretch techniques in which an external force exerts upon the limb to move it into the new position.
Why it’s good for you: Helps your body stay limber and increases your range of movement for ordinary physical activities such as looking behind while driving, tying your shoes, shampooing your hair, and playing with your grandchildren.
Things that bend are less likely break. Our ability to get out of bed, out of a chair or pick up an object depends in large part on our capacity to bend/stretch. A Bend/Stretch program is important for people of all ages! As we age, our muscles tighten and range of motion diminishes. This can put a damper on active lifestyles and even hinder day-to-day, normal motions. Tasks that used to be simple, such as putting on your shoes, zipping up a dress or reaching for a can off of the top shelf, now become extremely difficult. TheraCise offers passive bend/stretch techniques with a partner who applies a gentle sustained bend/stretch to a relaxed joint. A regular bend/stretch program can help lengthen our muscles and make daily living activities easier. The benefits you can expect from a regular bend/stretch program include: reduced muscle tension, increased range of movement in the joints, enhanced muscular coordination, increased circulation of the blood to various parts of the body, increased energy levels, and fewer injuries.