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

  • 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
62

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

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

Show all 16 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
9
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
0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
0
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
3
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
4
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
120
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
27
29%
Usually
Patients
37
39%
Sometimes
Patients
28
30%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
2
2%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
3
3%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
16
17%
A little hard to take
Patients
40
43%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
35
37%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
2
2%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
2
2%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
51
54%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
39
41%
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15 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 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

  • 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

See Napiejoe's full Stretching history

Oct 4, 2014 (Started Mar 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 16, 2010 (Started Mar 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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: < $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)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Dec 7, 2011 (Started Jul 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Dec 4, 2008 (Started Jul 15, 2012)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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