What is Stretching?

Category: Exercises

Most popular types: Hip stretching Gyrotonic Hip strengthening and lengthening Show all

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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 147 34
Stiffness 130 34
General health 76 19
Fibromyalgia 58 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 2
Moderate 9
Mild 25
None 94

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Stretching

Side effect Patients
Muscle aches 16
Pain 12
Fatigue 8
can over due it! 2
Joints ache 2
Joint tenderness 2

Show all 19 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently doing Stretching

Dosage Patients
daily 36
10 min daily 6
as needed 6
5 min daily 5
30 min daily 4
m,w,f 3
1 min daily 2
2 hr daily 1
5 min 3 times a week 1
15 min weekly 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 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 26

Stopped doing Stretching

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 39
Usually 53
Sometimes 36
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 56
Not at all hard to take 48
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 73
Not specified 51
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18 patient evaluations for Stretching

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msims1963
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msims1963
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Oct 13, 2016 (Started Aug 01, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 min Daily
Advice & Tips: Generally feel better after I stretch

  • 0 helpful marks
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

  • 0 helpful marks
Lukasz
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Lukasz
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
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

  • 0 helpful marks
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