Easy and healthy
What’s the significance of this finding? Well, it shows how even a small amount of activity can have a noticeable effect on our health. If having someone else stretch us whilst we relax can give us benefits similar to gentle exercise, think what more effect active stretching would have – where you move yourself! And it’s really easy to add some gentle stretching to your day. So, next time you’re watching TV after dinner, remember to drop your blood sugar levels and burn some of those calories with a good stretch session!
For me as an osteopath, it’s great to know that when I’m stretching my clients – particularly the older ones – I’m not only helping to keep their muscles in good shape and their joints healthy and mobile, but I’m positively affecting their physiology. Gentle therapy can benefit someone’s whole health – and that, after all, is what osteopathy’s all about!