Have you noticed that when you stretch, you feel great? 

At least for a short while. 

The immediate looseness certainly feels like you have worked wonders on your body and that you are heading in the right direction. 

And that’s the potential trap. 

Because if you’re paying attention, you’ll likely have noticed that within a few hours, you have already tightened back up again.

It’s almost as if the more you stretch, the more you need to stretch!

Over the years, I have met many people hoping to learn that one ideal stretch that will finally rid them of their pain and tension for good. 

Unfortunately, that stretch doesn’t exist.

Tight muscles are not the cause of pain and injury, regardless of what the exercise specialists promote on social media. 

Before I learned the science of true structural correction, I, too, thought along the same lines.

Interestingly, many of these people had already been stretching daily for months, diligently following the rehab program given to them by previous specialists. 

When I ask had their problem had been solved, they each emphatically said “no!”

Here’s an interesting point to consider that reveals the problem with the theory that you need to rub, manipulate or stretch out the tightness…

The tight and locked up parts of your body are your points of structural strength. 

Your body intelligently and intentionally tightened up those joints and muscles because you needed the tension there to keep your body stable. 

Why? Because there are deeper structural issues beneath the surface that your body cannot address. 

It’s better to be tight than to be significantly injured and immobile — like the lesser of two evils or fixing a problem with a problem.  

If you choose to stretch or foam roll out these tight points, your body, out of necessity, will build the tension back up again, usually in the same place as before. (but sometimes elsewhere if you do a really good job). 

Have you ever noticed that you yo-yo in and out of symptoms when you foam roll and stretch?

Medical science does not even support stretching. There have been several papers over the years showing that stretching does not solve pain and can even increase your risk of injury. 

Now you know why. The tightness was the solution rather than the problem. 

Tight muscles and joints are your bodies defence against a deeper problem.

These deeper problems are where our method, known as Structural Correction, focuses its efforts. 

When these deep mechanical injuries are corrected, your body will naturally let go of its tightness without the need for you to stretch. 

And better than that, with time, Structural Correction can help you recover your flexibility, function, athleticism, robustness and most importantly, the confidence to live an active life again. 

If you have been stretching for ages without any lasting improvements,

Or if you know someone else who is stuck in that trap,

Then the simple advice is to give it a rest and change your approach. 

Our website is loaded with specific key advice to help you support and manage your structure. If you follow these suggestions, you will have a much-reduced need or desire to stretch ever — because your body will not need to build up tension continuously.

So, how often should you stretch and foam roll? The answer is — almost never!

There is a better way to recover your structural health. 

Our Structural Practitioners are the alternative to a chiropractor in London that you have been searching for. 

Call us today or apply for an initial consultation online today.  

In health,
Richard