SHORT RANGE STIFFNESS

Most people tend to feel better after they’ve gone through a stretching routine. They are likely to feel loose and more relaxed. This is healthy but should be properly understood. Physiologically, when inactive we experience shorHange stiffness (SRS), which is a mechanical property of the muscle tissue whereby the stiffness is high for the first few millimeters of the stretch. After surpassing this initial short resistance, there is a substantial reduction in the stiffness of the tissue. This is a temporary physiological phenomenon, not a permanent one. We should concentrate on overcoming the SRS, but not proceed to deformation of the tissue. Static stretching is not a means for permanently remaining flexible. Attempting to alter the mechanical properties of our tissues may work when we are children, but it does not work in developed adults. The goal of allowing the organism to be permanently flexible is achieved through the regulation of muscular tension – governing the stretch reflex.

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