Suppleness

Suppleness of your muscles is essential to minimize pain

Supple is good
If your muscles are not supple you are wasting energy all day carrying around unnecessary tension.

Tight is bad
Tight muscles make you far more prone to fatigue, postural strain, pain, imbalance, inflammation, injury, damage and debility.

Imbalance is bad
When muscles get tight, one side invariably gets tighter than the other which creates imbalance and more strain that your body must deal with all day, every day. Tense muscles hurt when you press them. Pain is your bodies way of saying something is wrong just here.

Tight muscles cause stiff joints
Tight muscles cause stiff joints. Together they cause osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis causes pain and stiffness and they mess with your quality of life.

Stretch frequently
If this is happening to you, you can reduce or relieve this pain and stiffness and improve your quality of life by keeping your muscles supple, and you do that by stretching them frequently.

Stretch and Mobilize
Muscles attach to bones to move them at the joints. When you stretch your muscles you also mobilize your joints. You can’t do one without the other and you need to do both. Ideally, at least for a few minutes, a few times a day. You need to participate in minimizing your pain.

Stretching is the single most effective thing you can do
To minimize the vast majority of muscle, joint and back pain. Of course you need to be doing the right stretches the right way.

2 of the best
I give you run down on 2 of my favourite stretches on this site. They are the 2 most common stretches I prescribe for my patients. They are usually surprised and often astonished at how well they work reducing pain and stiffness. Calf Step Stretch