What is Stretching?

Category: Exercises

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Stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific skeletal muscle is deliberately elongated to its fullest length in order to improve the muscle's felt elasticity and reaffirm comfortable muscle tone. The result is a feeling of increased muscle control, flexibility and range of motion.

Purpose
Patients
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Stretching

Severe
1
Moderate
9
Mild
22
None
60

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Stretching

Patients
15
Patients
11
Patients
8
Patients
2
Hospitalization
Patients
1
Patients
1

Show all 14 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently doing Stretching)
Dosage
daily
Patients
364
Dosage
as needed
Patients
63
Dosage
weekly
Patients
29
Dosage
5 min daily
Patients
9
Dosage
10 min daily
Patients
8
Dosage
30 min daily
Patients
7
Dosage
15 min daily
Patients
6
Dosage
15 min every other day
Patients
5
Dosage
all the time (24/7)
Patients
4
Dosage
m,w,f
Patients
4

Dosages based on patients currently doing Stretching.

Why Patients Stopped Doing Stretching (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Other
Patients
8
Reason
I didn't have enough time
Patients
3
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
3
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
1
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
1
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
1
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
1
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
1
See all 16 patients who’ve stopped doing Stretching

Duration

Currently Doing Stretching
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
1
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
1
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
5
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
1
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
98
Stopped Doing Stretching
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
3
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
3
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
1
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
2
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
2
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
5

Adherence


Always
Patients
25
27%
Usually
Patients
37
40%
Sometimes
Patients
28
30%
Never
Patients
2
2%

Burden


Very
Patients
3
3%
Somewhat
Patients
16
17%
A little
Patients
40
43%
Not at all
Patients
33
36%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
39
74%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
2
4%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
2
4%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
49
92%
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15 patient evaluations for Stretching

Tulabee
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Tulabee
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See Tulabee's full Stretching history

Feb 1, 2015 (Started Oct 15, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Goal is still 1 sun salutation in morning. Right shoulder is better (fall at Jan's) and left ankle (march 2014 ski) is not noticeable discomfort.
Cost: Not specified monthly

Nov 8, 2014 (Started Oct 15, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: In July/Aug 2014, I finally saw a PT for my impinged shoulder. It helped. I had to prematurely interrupt treatment when mom went into the hospital. Now I am working on strengthening. I am just about able to do the push-up movement again.
Cost: Not specified monthly

Feb 25, 2014 (Started Oct 15, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I have done 3 weeks of the VA handout for should/neck pain. This is due to work ergonomics and the twinge in my right shoulder. I think I have my range of motion back. The twinge is still there. Keep the muscles around it strong. Also, will do the PT's suggested Parkinson's therband stuff- keep your shoulders in your pockets! Don't hunch.
Cost: Not specified monthly

Apr 18, 2013 (Started Oct 15, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I must stretch to get going in the morning. It seems a natural thing to do.
Cost: Not specified monthly

Aug 23, 2011 (Started Oct 15, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I do at least one Sun Salutation every morning. I may do other stretches at other parts of the day. When I played golf for the first time this season, my shots were consistently over the green! My upper body got stronger! Although my aim is probably affected by PD, I'm still enjoying the game. I don't play very often.
Cost: Not specified monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Napiejoe
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Napiejoe
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Oct 4, 2014 (Started Mar 17, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: Daily
Cost: Not specified monthly

May 16, 2010 (Started Mar 17, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 105 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I do this for twenty minutes each & every morning when getting out of bed. It keeps my muscles from tightening up and also from cramping. It also enables me to use a wider range of movement.
Cost: Not specified monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
parkinohio
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parkinohio
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See parkinohio's full Stretching history

Oct 22, 2013 (Started Jul 15, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: the unexpected positive effect is the other members and their care givers get together periodically socially.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 19, 2013 (Started Jul 15, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 30 min Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Dec 7, 2011 (Started Jul 15, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Slight
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all

Dec 4, 2008 (Started Jul 15, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Parkinson's Disease: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all

  • 0 helpful marks
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