Sometimes our bodies do not allow us to bend a certain way or reach the way we need to in order to stretch a muscle that is too tight. Using a strap, dog leash, or towel allows you to stretch muscles that you normally wouldn’t be able to, especially if you are experiencing pain. Improving your range of motion in your joints will help to alleviate some, if not all your pain. Improving your range of motion also helps make functional movements easier. Using a strap or leash will help you with not overcompensating with other muscles in order to get the stretch you need. It provides a safer way to stretch by not overstretching and pulling a muscle or even falling over when trying to stretch.
Take away points of using a strap, leash, or towel to stretch:
- Improves flexibility/range of motion
- Provides a safer way to stretch
- Helps with not overcompensating during a stretch