Stretching Sore Muscles

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    Jan 19, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    Does anyone know if it is a good or bad idea to stretch sore muscles? I *always* want to stretch sore biceps and triceps as if its a natural response.

    Yesterday I did what seemed like a couple of football fields of lunges yesterday and my hammies are sore and I'm wondering if stretching them would do more bad than good when they are sore.

    ~M
  • commoncoll

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    Jan 19, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    Yes. Stretching is the most effective thing you could do.

    It will make them feel better as the lactic acid accumulation lessens. Light exercise is good for the body. Stretch enough for muscles to feel warm.
  • needleninja

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    Jan 19, 2011 5:56 AM GMT
    i started doing that today, i think the soreness started to go away, i can still feel a tug when i stretch a little though, hopefully over night it will be better.
  • gallus81

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    Jan 19, 2011 6:04 AM GMT
    I wouldn't say to stretch as such, just keep them moving and warm. Best not to simply stretch a sore muscle. Do simple, basic movements to increase the blood flow to the sore areas (even massage) and once they're warm, stretch.

    Personally I find DOMS;

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delayed_onset_muscle_soreness

    is one of the best parts of working out; the feeling you're working your body.
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    Jan 19, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
    yes, stretching is essential after muscle soreness...I purchased the Grid and when I do long trail runs, my hamstrings, soleus, etc. are extremely sore tend to do some exercises that help as well as intake potassium (banana right after an intense running workout).

    Here is the website:

    http://www.tptherapy.com/
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    Jan 19, 2011 10:10 AM GMT
    The Grid is a great foam roller. Otherwise there's mobilitywod.blogspot.com, probably the best stretch site ever. TPTherapy's other stuff is good too - the quadballer is pure good pain on a stick - but is too expensive in my opinion.
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    Jan 19, 2011 10:13 AM GMT
    MattInSD73 saidDoes anyone know if it is a good or bad idea to stretch sore muscles? I *always* want to stretch sore biceps and triceps as if its a natural response.

    Yesterday I did what seemed like a couple of football fields of lunges yesterday and my hammies are sore and I'm wondering if stretching them would do more bad than good when they are sore.

    ~M


    Don't know about stretching whilst sore but you must warm up before intense exercise and remember to cool down effectively after you finish too as you already probably know.

    After rugby we used to lie on our backs stretching out our hips, legs and abs to squeeze all that lactic acid out. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 28, 2011 3:29 PM GMT
    It depends on how sore.... if they feel REALLY STIFF and a little bit liked their bruised, then no, don't stretch. They need some recovery time.

    But if they are simply a bit sore from a good workout, warm them up first, then stretch. Or even better, use a foam roller to massage them before you stretch.

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