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Stretching can increase your tolerance for pain

Stretching exercises are often prescribed by health professionals, such as physiotherapists, to reduce pain. Photo: Pexels

(Hugo Massé-Alarie/ The Conversation) — To stretch or not to stretch?

Should you do it before or after exercise? Does it prevent or heal injuries? Stretching is always a hot topic. However, while it is effective in improving flexibility, its usefulness in reducing pain is being questioned.

Health care professionals, including physiotherapists, often prescribe exercises such as stretching to reduce pain. It has long been accepted that stretching provides pain relief by increasing range of motion and decreasing muscle tone, which give the impression that there is less pain. (…)

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