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Stretching for FunctionalFlexibility
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Phil Armiger, MPTLicensed Physical TherapistG-2 Sports TherapySeattle, Washington
Michael A. MartynIllustrator and Fitness ProfessionalMartyn IllustrationRenton, Washington
Stretching for FunctionalFlexibility
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Armiger, Phil.Stretching for functional flexibility / Phil Armiger ; [illustrated by] Michael A. Martyn.
p. ; cm.Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN 978-0-7817-6792-7 (alk. paper)1. Stretching exercises. 2. JointsRange of motion. I. Title.[DNLM: 1. Muscle Stretching Exercisesmethods. 2. Range of Motion, Articular. WB 541
A729s 2010]RA781.63.A76 2010613.7'1dc22
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To my mother, Carole Armiger, who gave everything she had to see that her children hadeverything they needed.
Shell have to read the book and stretch in heaven, and Ill have to remember to put acoat on before going out in the coldall by myself.
To my best friend, Tim Burris, who at the beginning of every phone conversation asked,Is it done yet? I wish I could have told you, Yes, Timmy, its finally done.
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tretching for Functional Flexibility is intended as a reference guide for thesafe, effective, and efficient application of stretching exercises to improve rangeof motion and movement potential. It is organized to be useful both for the clin-ical professional and, ultimately, for the end user. Based on the most currentresearch and on the clinical experience of the author and his colleagues in thefield of physical therapy, Stretching for Functional Flexibility will be a valuablereference for physical, occupational, and massage therapists, athletic trainers, fitnesstrainers, coaches, sports and orthopedic physicians, doctors of chiropractic, and manyother professionals dealing with the health and performance of the musculoskeletalsystem.
Stretching for Functional Flexibility was inspired by the need for consistent, research-based, and/or clinically based information regarding stretching. Widely varying theoriesand protocols seemed to beg for an accurate, easy-to-use, scientifically based work on thepursuit of flexibility. This book provides the user or lay person with clear, easy-to-useinformation, which will help improve the appropriate ranges of motion and, ultimately,improve movement.
With this goal in mind, all stretching directions are written in the second person,directly addressing lay people who are seeking to improve their flexibility. However,as noted above, this book also addresses the needs of healthcare professionals whomay be recommending or even instructing their clients in stretching exercises. In thiscase, the directions are already in a format in which professionals can pass on to theirclients. Furthermore, professionals are encouraged to practice the stretches themselvesbefore teaching them to their clients.
This book is designed not only to improve flexibility and range of motion, butalso to help the reader understand which muscles and joints need attention in thelarger context of human posture and biomechanics. In this regard, information isprovided that will help the reader understand how the need for range of motion fitsinto the scheme of efficient movement. This text provides simple tests to help deter-mine which muscles need to be stretched and which do not. It also provides infor-mation about the muscles in question, including what the muscle does (action), itsorigin, and its insertion. In this manner, the clinician may become re-acquaintedwith particular muscles and their function and make better decisions about the pre-scription of individual exercises.
FOR THE CLINICIANAn excellent quick reference for both general muscle groups and individual muscles,this text also provides clear artwork and text, detailing the stretching exercises. It alsoprovides the origin, insertion, innervation, and action of each muscle covered.
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FOR THE EDUCATORThis book can be used as required or as a supplemental text for many programs thatcover the topic of stretching. In addition to the details mentioned above, it includesstretching protocols, as well as the research behind them.
Also included are chapters on injury prevention and rehabilitation, determiningwhich muscles need to be stretched, and an appendix with suggestions for furtherreading.
FOR THE INDIVIDUALThis book provides all of the information necessary to allow the lay person to designand implement a safe and effective stretching program. Posture and work-relatedconcerns and interventions are each covered in their own chapters. Chapter 6 out-lines basic stretching programs that may be completed in 10, 20, or 30 minutes.
UNIQUE FEATURESBelow are some of the features of this book that make it unique:1. Science: The information in this text is based on the most up-to-date research
available on each particular topic of discussion. Older and classic research isincluded, in cases in which it is the most up-to-date research on a particular topic.
2. Proven Techniques and Principles: Techniques and principles are proven daily in a successful outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic. Information and pro-tocols are based on the available, related medical literature. References are included.These practices are uncommon or non-existent in other works on stretching/flexibility.
3. Artwork: Clear, accurate drawings represent not only the relevant anatomy, but alsoclearly depict the positions necessary to perform the individual stretches. In Chap-ter 4, the individual muscles can be seen through the body, in the stretchingposition.
4. Easy to Use: The organization of the text is straight forward and moves from thefundamentals necessary to understand stretching to basic stretches and finallyinto special applications. A Users Guide is provided below.
5. Stretch the Right Muscle: Chapter 3 provides a guide to help you choose whichmuscles to stretch and which to de-emphasize or leave alone completely. Itincludes a list of quick and easy tests to determine flexibility need for many ofthe major joints of the body.
6. General-to-Specific Stretches: General stretches for all major muscle groups areprovided in Chapter 5