Don’t Stretch Muscles, Strengthen And Lengthen Them!

Don’t Stretch Muscles?

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Don't stretch muscles, strengthen and lengthen them.

Fifteen days post-thoracic surgery, and rehab, using strengthening and lengthening, is paying off. Photo by Rob, at O2 Fitness, Carrboro, NC.

As I rehabilitate my left shoulder, following thoracic surgery, avoiding a frozen shoulder is critical. This requires a careful program of strengthening and lengthening.

I work to increase range of motion, each day, and strengthen the muscle groups involved.

For several days after surgery, there was no way I could lift my left arm above my head, let alone think of doing military press.

However, I pressed on, gradually raising that arm higher and higher, and now adding a little weight, for military press. This exercise is but one component of a full weight routine.

I use light weights and volume, for Ironman training.

As you can see in the photo, this work is paying dividends.

If I do it right, I’ll be swimming freestyle in a couple of weeks.

Remember: Don’t stretch muscles, strengthen AND lengthen them.

Wishing you happy trails,



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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.