Safe Stretching by Mike Cola | Jun 6, 2009 | Workouts | 14 comments Safe Stretching Tips 14 Comments Gordon Bishop on April 17, 2011 at 8:33 am Thank you. I’m in good health but am also 74 and am losing a lot of flexability. I’ll try active stretching as you described it. Thanks again. Molinda on July 30, 2011 at 7:28 am Hi i have fibromyalgia & narcolepsy. I have chronic pain and my tendons tighten up & cause the drawing up of arms & hands at times. I am going to try active stretching more routinely. To see if it helps. I do active stretching everyday, but maybe not enough. Thank you for taking the time to explain active stretching. 🙂 Shirley on September 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm Thank you. My large muscles are tight much of the time. I walk 1/3 mile twice a day, but am otherwise fairly sedentary. Until six years ago I had an all-round daily workout. I have been discouraged because it seems I wind up in pain the next day when I try to increase my activity. I will try active stretching. It’s a challenge for me to “relax”. I felt comfortable with your suggestions and reasoning. Chris on October 14, 2011 at 11:01 am I’m 59, male, and I’ve become concerned that I am frequently tight, particularly legs, neck, and shoulders. I googled muscle tightness nutrition and found your website. Your point about muscle tightness being related to muscle weakness was helpful. I think a video that has more light and I can see your whole body whould be helpful. Patti on January 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm Hi,I’m 49 and noticed in last few years that my muscles are tight and also becoming weaker.I am going to try your stretching workout to see if it helps,thank you. Mike Cola on January 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm Hi Patti, Thanks for checking out my blog. Read my post about muscle tightness. I think it might help you. Best – Mike Christine on August 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm Hi Mike, I’m 47 and I’ve just recently started working again after about 7 years on disability. I’m a veterinary technician and I’m on my feet about 10 hrs. a day and I do a lot of kneeling to restrain animals and lifting animals as well. I know I need to strengthen my muscles but I am going to try this stretching before work/at lunch and when I get home. My muscles are extremely tight and this looks like it will help. Thank you! Patrick on November 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm Great video. I’ve incorporated active stretching techniques I learned from you and feel it has really helped. Thanks Mike. Mike Cola on November 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm @ Patrick Hi Patrick…hope all is well. Thanks for the comment Paul on November 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm Mike, I have suffered from weak lower back muscles and buttock pain for two years, making it difficult for me to stand or walk for any length of time. I have tried physiotherapy involving stretching and strengthening but it hasn’t made any difference. Could you suggest a programme of active stretching that would address weak back muscles and buttock pain? Mike Cola on November 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm @ Paul Hi Paul, Sorry to hear about your back…. read this post and all the comments http://www.fitnesscontrarian.com/stretches-for-lower-back-pain-lower-back-stretches-to-avoid/…it might help. I would also…… Google – Stuart McGill, Ph.D. Professor of Spine Biomechanics, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo. Read one of Stuart’s books – Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance or Low Back Disorders. Best – Mike richard on March 12, 2013 at 8:59 am my hip flexors, practically overnight they started to tighten up . if i sterch them they’ll feel good for half an hour and then tighten up again. please, help. Mike Cola on March 21, 2013 at 8:46 am Hi Richard, Stretching them is not fixing the problem…. you have to strengthen the antagonistic muscle group like hamstring and gluts…If you do that your hip flexors will release… Best – Mike Peter on April 29, 2013 at 12:42 am Mike, I have tight groins, will simply strengthening them release the tightness or should I stretch them as well? Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.