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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Stiffness/Spasticity 138 18
Stiffness 124 24
General health 72 15
Fibromyalgia 58 10
Pain 46 10
Muscle spasms 24 5

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Stretching"

Severe
1
Moderate
8
Mild
22
None
53

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

Muscle aches 15
Pain 10
Fatigue 8
Tiredness 2
Muscle soreness 1
Somnolence 1

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently doing Stretching)
Dosage Patients
all the time (24/7) 4
m,w,f 4
as needed 63
weekly 29
daily 367
5 min daily 5
15 min every other day 4
10 min daily 5
15 min daily 5
30 min daily 6
Why Patients Stopped Doing Stretching (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 7
I didn't have enough time 3
Course of treatment ended 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Did not seem to work 1
Not indicated 1
Doctor's advice 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 15 patients who’ve stopped doing Stretching

Duration

Currently Doing Stretching
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 0
6 months-1 year 3
1-2 years 10
2 years or more 130
Stopped Doing Stretching
Duration Patients
0-1 month 3
1-3 months 3
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 2
2 years or more 4
Adherence
Always
22 26%
Usually
36 43%
Sometimes
24 29%
Never
2 2%
Burden
Very
3 4%
Somewhat
14 17%
A little
36 43%
Not at all
31 37%
Cost
$200+
0 0%
$100-199
1 2%
$50-99
0 0%
$25-49
2 4%
< $25
44 94%
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16 patient evaluations for Stretching

Tulabee
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Tulabee
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 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 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: < $25 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: < $25 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: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
bokocrew
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bokocrew
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 20
Condition: Medial Epicondylitis 8 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Medial Epicondylitis

See bokocrew's full Stretching history

Oct 27, 2013 (Started Jul 15, 2012)

  • Perceived effectiveness for General health: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Tendonitis: Can’t tell
  • Perceived effectiveness for Lateral Epicondylitis of Elbow: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 15 min every other day
Cost: < $25 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: $25-49 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: $50-99 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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