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Beginner’s Guide to Dynamic Stretching

If you love stretching as much as we do a Feet First Clinic, you’ve probably heard the term dynamic stretching before. Dynamic stretching can help keep your feet healthy, as well as prevent injury during activities like walking, running, and sports. Read on to discover all about dynamic stretching!

What is Dynamic Stretching?

Dynamic stretching is a style of slow movement that takes your muscles and joints through a full range of motion. What many would describe as regular stretching is actually better known as static stretching – where the muscles stay still in an extended position for about 30-60 seconds. Dynamic stretching keeps the muscles and joints moving as opposed to still, improving blood flow and eliminating stiffness.

When Should I do Dynamic Stretching?

Dynamic stretching is great to do before physical activity! The continuous movement helps to warm up muscles and get the body ready for exercise. Dynamic stretching can be done before cardiovascular exercise, such as running or jumping, to prepare the muscles for explosive movements. It can also be done before weight lifting to improve leg extension power. Meanwhile, static stretching is best done after physical activity to help the body cool down and avoid cramping and muscle tightness.

Why is Dynamic Stretching Good for Me?

Studies have shown those who do dynamic stretching before working out experience better range of motion and increased muscle strength. Dynamic stretching can also increase flexibility, specifically in the hamstrings. Another study found that those who did dynamic stretching were able to jump higher than those who did not.

Most importantly, dynamic stretching before physical activity helps prevent injury: Dynamic stretching loosens up your muscles, which helps them better withstand physical exertion. This is important because when muscles are over-exerted, they tighten and become prone to injury.  In short, dynamic stretching will not only help you do your favourite exercise more efficiently, but it will also help you work out in a way that is safer for your muscles and joints.

Examples of Dynamic Stretching:

1. Forward Leg Swings

Start standing up, with one foot planted firmly on the ground. With your other foot flexed and lifted off the ground, swing your leg back and forth 10-12 times. Switch sides and repeat.

2. Ankle Circles

Either sitting or standing, lift one foot into the air. Twist your ankle clockwise 10 times, then counterclockwise 10 times again. Return your foot to the floor, then repeat on the other side.

Learn More About Stretching

Dynamic stretching helps get your muscles ready to work so you can enjoy your favourite exercises to the fullest. Now that you’ve learned all the basics, check out the following articles on injury prevention and the best dynamic stretches for your lower body:

Stay Healthy, Stay Stretching

Dynamic stretching is a great way to prevent injury from physical activity! If your favourite exercise is causing you pain, come and see one of our chiropodists to help you get back to the sport you love!

Call us at 416-769-3338 or stop by our Bloor West clinic today!

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Emily

Administrative Assistant

Emily is the newest addition to the Feet First family. She assists with the clinic’s accounting and finances, as well as all the behind-the-scenes work that keeps the clinic running smoothly. In addition to her accounting smarts, she brings sunshine and positivity to everyone at Feet First Clinic.

Erica Halpern

Marketing and Administrative Assistant (She/Her)

Part of our administrative support staff, Erica also works behind the scenes writing and editing content for our website and blog. She loves researching and writing educational content to help patients and anyone dealing with pain. When she’s not busy in the clinic, you’ll find her at her local gym, exploring underground music, hiking with friends, or cheering on her favourite sports teams (Go Jays!). She also loves huskies!

Sophie Rudahigan

Clinic Administrator (She/Her)
Sophie prides herself on providing top-tier customer service. She is here to ensure a smooth visit for all clients. In addition to overseeing the clinic’s administration and day-to-day operations, she maintains the cosmetic appearance of the store. She is the magic behind our elaborate display case designs and also ensures the clinic is stocked with stylish (but still orthopedic!) footwear options for all ages.

Bianca Carter

CEO (She/Her)

Day in and out, Bianca works hard to ensure Feet First Clinic runs smoothly. Customer service is at the top of her list and she treats every customer like family. Bianca has a passion for fitness and is dedicated to helping people take care of their feet and body. There is no problem that she can’t solve and she believes that where there is a will, there’s a way.

Carolina Charles

Patient Relation Coordinator (She/Her)

If you’ve been to the clinic before, chances are you had the pleasure of meeting Carolina! Carolina’s daily goal is going above and beyond to make sure patients are always completely satisfied. Having worked in the podiatry industry for 22 years, Carolina brings a wealth of knowledge pertaining to client service, insurance policies, and procedures.​ She steers the ship to make sure everything runs smoothly on the daily. Carolina is known for spicing up every outfit with her signature costume jewellery.