Question for Medical Professionals....
I’m calling out to any MDs on the board, physical therapists, physiologists, etc., etc., with a stretching question:
Is vigorous (i.e., very forceful) stretching beneficial or counterproductive? Please don’t address the injury potential aspect of that question - I realize that the risks are higher than they would be with mild to moderate intensity - I’m referring specifically to results.
I’m wondering if high-intensity stretching will harden the ligs, perhaps reducing their elongation potential; or, as some have suggested, possibly even contracting the ligs, inhibiting any gains.
I know that I stretched mildly as a newbie and made pretty good gains (newbie gains, of course). But as my gains had slowed, and I became more attuned to my body, I’ve ramped up the intensity - but the length gains haven’t been materializing. Am I stretching too vigorously?
But when advanced hangers use high weights, they’re certainly subjecting the weinie to a lot of force - and seemingly with good results.
Any thoughts about Tension/Time aspects of stretching for best results?
- w a d