Here is a very long but very interesting article about stretching research. The author has revised it since its original 2011 release and he has added footnotes, videos and humor. Save Yourself
The summary and conclusion of the article regarding the efficacy of stretching is here:
So how can we get flexible? How can we help our muscles elongate and keep our good nerve signals moving?
I propose that the answer is:
Magnesium is absolutely needed for the relaxation of a muscle fiber after the initial Calcium induced contraction. This is for every muscle cell and fiber! So no wonder stretching is not very conclusive as a tool for ease of pain and gain in ROM- Everyone has a different magnesium to calcium ratio!
Start with soaking in Epsom salts… Graduate to Magnesium Bath Flakes and Magnesium Oil or Magnesium Lotion . There is even a new product out there that contains magnesium and melatonin. All are helpful to get the levels of magnesium up to be more in balance with calcium in our overly-calcium-fortified-processed- and-junk-food world.
Even those of you who are vegetarians or careful of what you eat— the foods will not have a significant level of magnesium unless there is magnesium in the soil where the plants grew. (There MUST be at least some because Chlorophyll contains magnesium atoms- but we are talking about enough to balance our calcium! And most of us are already OVERLY calcium fortified.)
Just remember Calcium contracts a muscle- Magnesium relaxes it. We also need Potassium and Sodium for the pump that “opens the gate” for the Ca/Mg exchange.
Ask yourself Do I get enough magnesium?
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