Select from the sections below to view specific stretching exercises for various parts of the body. The benefits of stretching are thought to include decreased injury risk, improved sports performance, improved posture and possible even stress relief. We also have information on different types of stretching exercises.
Static stretching exercises involve taking the muscle to its limit of flexibility and holding. Dynamic stretching involves long swinging movements of the limbs to stretch the muscles while moving. PNF stretching or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation involves contracting and relaxing muscles to help with stretching whilst ballistic stretching involves bouncing at the end range of flexibility and not usually recommended although some sports and dancers use it.