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The Hidden Benefits of Stretching

The Hidden Benefits of Stretching

Not stretching as much as you know you should? What's revealed by this research will change that.

Recent research suggests stretching could have health benefits far beyond range of motion. Some studies associate stretching with heart health, healing from injury, even enhancing the body’s response to cancer. Research has yet to discern if there is a significant correlation and if it depends on stretching actively (as in vinyasa yoga) or more passively (as in Yin Yoga), but here’s what we know at the moment.


3 (surprise) health benefits of stretching


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1. Cardiovascular health

1. Cardiovascular health

In 2020, research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health suggested that regular stretching may improve cardiovascular health in adults over 40 by reducing arterial stiffness, resting heart rate, and blood pressure. Researchers involved with the meta-analysis concluded that stretching may help prevent plaque buildup in the arteries and prevent the progression of atherosclerosis.


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2. Reducing inflammation

2. Reducing inflammation

A study indicated that regular stretching might improve inflammation regulation in connective tissue. Inflammation is part of the natural healing cycle of injured or infected tissue, causing it to feel hot, swollen, and sore. However, if it continues over time, it can cause changes in posture or movement habits. Stretching was suggested as a helpful addition to existing pharmaceutical treatments for chronic inflammation.


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3. Supporting the immune response to cancer

3. Supporting the immune response to cancer

A recent study offers hope that regular stretching could play a role in cancer treatment and prevention. Researchers found that daily stretching was shown to reduce tumor size by 52 percent in the absence of any other treatment. The rather astonishing results could be due to interactions between stretching, chronic inflammation, and the immune response. While this research has yet to be extended to human patients, it appears that stretching could potentially be a low-cost, gentle, and noninvasive supplement to traditional cancer treatments.


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