Stretch & Exercise Videos

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Lower Back Stretch

Many simple stretches exist to effectively lengthen and reduce tension in the QL muscles of the lower back (see Entegra Health stretch library).

Adductor Stretch

Many simple stretches exist to effectively lengthen and therefore reduce tension in the Adductor muscles (see Entegra Health stretch library)…

Quadricep Stretch

Strengthening the Quads is important to effectively support stabilization of the pelvis, hips, knees and legs. Exercises to strengthen the Quad muscles include squats and resistance based training including leg extensions with a theraband, or free weights…

Hamstring Stretch

Many simple stretches exist to effectively lengthen and reduce tension in the Hamstrings (see Entegra Health stretch library).

Glute & Lower Back Stretch (Piriformis)

Many simple stretches exist to effectively lengthen and reduce tension in the Piriformis muscles of the lower back (see Entegra Health stretch library).

Cat Cow | Upper and Lower Back Stretch

Start on your hands and knees (all fours) on the floor, with your hands under your shoulders and knees under your hips, approximately shoulder width apart. Aim to keep your wrists in line with your shoulders, and your knees directly underneath your hips to ensure correct alignment, and an even distribution of weight loading across the joints.

Tricep Stretch

Many simple stretches exist to effectively lengthen and reduce tension in the Tricep muscles of the upper arm (see Entegra Health stretch library)…

Forearm Stretch | Flexors and Extensors

Many simple stretches exist to effectively lengthen and reduce tension in the Flexor and Extensor muscles of the forearm, requiring little to no equipment (see Entegra Health stretch library).

Rhomboid Stretch

Stretches to lengthen the Rhomboid muscles between the shoulder blades can greatly assist in the reduction of tension in these muscles. For example: shoulder roll stretches, and simple rhomboid stretches (see Entegra Health Stretch Library here). Stretches to reduce tension in the Pectoral muscles in the anterior (front) muscles of the chest may also assist the reduction of tension in the upper back and Rhomboid area.    

Pectoral / Chest Stretch

Many simple stretches exist to effectively lengthen and reduce tension in the Pectoral muscles of the chest, requiring little equipment other than a wall or doorframe (see Entegra Health stretch library). Stretching the pecs also assists in the reduction of tension in the Rhomboid muscles, located posteriorly in the upper thoracic (back) area.    

Levator Scapulae Stretch

Stretches to lengthen the back and sides of the neck, and between the shoulder blades can greatly assist in the reduction of tension in the Levator Scapulae and surrounding muscles. For example, ear to shoulder stretches, shoulder roll stretches, and stretches to release the SCM and nearby neck muscles.

Sternocleidomastoid Neck Stretch

Stretches to lengthen the sides and front of the neck (lateral and anterior), can significantly assist in the reduction of tension in the SCM muscles. For example, ear to shoulder stretches, chin raise stretches and shoulder rolls…

Upper Traps Stretch

Stretches are often advised to lengthen the back and sides of the neck, and between the shoulder blades to assist in the reduction of tension in the Upper Trapezius and Scalene muscles. For example, ear to shoulder stretches and shoulder roll stretches.

Is Stretching Important?

is stretching important

Stretching helps to keep your muscles healthy, relaxed and strong. We all need relaxed and healthy muscles to keep our joints mobile, which then allows us to be fit and active.

With most of us sitting for long periods throughout the day we tend to have tension in muscle groups throughout the body. This tension can make it harder for us to move and can cause us to experience fatigue, which inhibits an active lifestyle. Also when we do activity with tight muscles they are more likely to sustain and injury.

Which Muscles Should I Target?

We have so many muscles in our bodies it’s hard to know where to start sometimes. It’s not necessary to stretch every muscle, the most important thing is to target the specific areas of tension that you have from your daily activities. Have a chat with your remedial massage therapists to get a list of your specific problem areas.

Do Them Regularly!

Stretching regularly is crucial, a short stretch once in a while just won’t cut it! It can take time to really experience the benefits of stretching and then we also need to maintain it. We often suggest starting out with a short session 3-4 nights a week for a month.

Do Them Correctly! | Is Stretching Important?

We recommend holding a stretch for 30 seconds, definitely don’t bounce and remember to breathe. Feeling tension during a stretch is normal, however it shouldn’t be painful. If there is pain you can try backing off a little or you may have an injury or damage to the tissue in the muscle you are stretching. If you are experiencing pain with your stretching book in to see one of our therapists and we can advise you on what steps you should take.

Entegra Health
Massage Melbourne