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 Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Stiffness/Spasticity 145 30
Stiffness 131 34
General health 74 18
Fibromyalgia 57 11
Pain 46 13
Muscle spasms 24 5

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 9
Mild 25
None 85

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Stretching

Side effect Patients
Muscle aches 15
Pain 12
Fatigue 8
can over due it! 2
Tiredness 2
BURNING SENSATION FROM NECK BILATERAL DOWN TO TAIL BONE AND BURNING ACHING FEET - OFF AND ON NOT ALWASY CONSTANT BUT WHEN IT COMES IT IS BAD 1

Show all 18 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently doing Stretching

Dosage Patients
daily 31
10 min daily 6
5 min daily 5
as needed 5
30 min daily 3
weekly 3
15 min every other day 2
1 hr daily 1
1 min daily 1
2 hr daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Stretching

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 9
Course of treatment ended 3
I didn't have enough time 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Did not seem to work 1
Doctor's advice 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 17 patients who’ve stopped doing Stretching

Duration

Currently doing Stretching

Duration Patients
1-3 months 1
6 months-1 year 4
1-2 years 6
2 years or more 66

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 3
2 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 35
Usually 48
Sometimes 35
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 50
Not at all hard to take 45
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 68
Not specified 46
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16 patient evaluations for Stretching

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janik
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janik
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: moderate
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
PLS

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Apr 24, 2016 (Started Jul 16, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • side effects
    Mild (Muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 min 3 times a week
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Muscle aches

Dec 1, 2008 (Started Jul 16, 1997)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • side effects
    Mild (Muscle aches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: NEED to do it as much as possible.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Muscle aches

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Lukasz
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Lukasz
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Jan 17, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Tulabee
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Tulabee
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
Parkinson's

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Feb 1, 2015 (Started Oct 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
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: < $25 monthly

Nov 8, 2014 (Started Oct 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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: < $25 monthly

Feb 25, 2014 (Started Oct 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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

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