As with any person, disabled individuals can of course benefit highly from stretching on a regular basis. Whether it’s for alleviating muscle cramps and pains, or helping to extend your physical abilities for years to come – stretching can play a huge role in ensuring you’re in tip top condition, for longer.
Avoiding muscle pain
By limbering yourself up and stretching ahead of any physical exercise, or indeed just pushing your manual wheelchair, you can help yourself to overcome any potential muscle strains or tears.
Stretching is an integral part of any persons exercise routine, and seeing as pushing your wheelchair is in fact a form of exercise, it’s important to ensure you’re ready to do the things you’re wanting your body to do. Stretching really can help to prevent any muscle injuries.
Much like the previous point of protecting your muscles, stretching can also help you with your joints, ensuring that you’re all warmed up and ready to go before setting about your daily routine (involving the strenuous movement of pushing your wheelchair).
Making sure that you stretch for 5-10 minutes before you start your day can help to make sure your joints remain protected for longer.
Enhance your physical abilities
Stretching itself is a form of physical exercise, and so by doing so you’re also enhancing your physical capabilities. Needless to say, by stretching you can also set yourself up for greater responsiveness when you ask your body to do certain things. For example, if you’re about to push yourself up a huge hill, you may find that you don’t get as fatigued (at least within your muscles) if you’ve taken the time to prepare your body by doing things such as stretching.
Stretching has been shown to help improve circulation, as it’s not just your muscles and joints that are benefiting from being stretched. Your blood flow and veins will also receive a little boost and so the flow of blood to various key areas will be assisted further.
Overcome complications faced by constantly sitting
There is one thing which can often be overlooked by wheelchair users and that is the simple fact that our bodies are not necessarily designed to be in a seated position for long periods of time.
Therefore, if you can take conventional stretching that you may do whilst sitting in your wheelchair, and take it a step further, i.e. stretching out fully on a bed and ensuring key areas of your torso and legs are stretched to their maximum ability, then you are helping yourself to alleviate some of the discomfort that may develop from being stuck in a seated position for most of the day, every day of the week.
Helps to overcome stress
Why not combine your stretching with a little bit of yoga, and take things to the next level? Naturally, your abilities when it comes to practicing yoga will depend entirely on the flexibility of your body and your own physical limitations, but as with anything in life, things can be adapted to best suit your personal requirements.
If you opt to practice different yoga techniques, then this can also be a brilliant way to help yourself de-stress from the comings and goings of everyday life. Yoga and stretching has been proven to be an effective form of relaxation and of course, anything that can help remove stress will have a knock-on benefit to your life, with such things as lower blood pressure coming into play.
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