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ask a Professional Sarah Pettyjohn, PT, DPT Q: As I have gotten older, I notice I am a lot less flexible than I used to be. I have tried stretching a bit but still feel stiff, is there anything I can do to get loosened up? A: There are several different ways to stretch and, according to a recent study in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, the best way to stretch depends on who is doing the stretching. For example, women tended to have better response to static stretching (holding a stretch for a period), whereas men tended to respond best to dynamic stretching (moving through available range of motion several times). Current recommendations for hold time range between 15 and 60 seconds per stretch with 4-5 repetitions producing improvement in muscle length. Stretches should not be painful, and the muscle stretching should not shake or strain. Bouncing in the stretched position is not recommended because of potential injury. Likewise, it is important to breathe during a stretch. It is also important to do your stretches on a warm muscle rather than cold (consider walking or doing some squats or other activity before stretching), and to repeat on a regular basis, about 3-4 times per week, to see gains. Sundog Rehabilitation, llC Serving Rapid Valley, Custer and West Rapid locations. 605-787-2719 www.sundogrehab.com - Most Insurance Accepted