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How Long Should You Hold a Stretch?

Many people ask "How long should I hold a stretch?" And the answer is, it depends.

There's a few factors to consider. Did you also know that there are different kinds of stretching?

There are several different types of stretches, though some overlap or can be used together. These include:

​ -Static Stretching:​ holding your body in the same position for a set time to elongate the muscle

​ -Dynamic Stretching:​ moving the muscle and tissues through a full range of motion

-​Passive Stretching:​ a type of static stretching that requires an outside force (usually another person) to facilitate

-​Isometric Stretching:​ a type of static stretching where you also contract the stretched muscle

​ -Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF):​ combines isometric and passive stretching (often used in injury rehabilitation)

These techniques vary in effectiveness and some are better than others for certain conditions or body parts.

Read more about this in Dr. Marko's new guest feature in LiveStrong.

If you would like help with your stretching, Marko Physical Therapy can help.

Make an appointment today with a physical therapist. We have in person and telehealth appointments available.

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