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Episode 35: Is Stretching Good For You?

  • (1:45) We are treating problems not symptoms, we are the David Vs. Goliath, going up against the corporate medical system
  • (2:22) We first want to find out the problem, not the symptom
  • (2:50) Today we are going to be talking about stretching and whether or not it’s a good thing (It depends)
  • (3:40) Why Jake thinks stretching is not necessarily a good thing or a bad thing and that it is a dependent on the situation
  • (4:07) We want to have an equal amount of strength and flexibility
  • (5:06) When we have in imbalance of strength and flexibility is when injuries occur
  • (5:37) If we are hypermobile we want to have equal strength to support the joints
  • (6:18) Hypermobile is 8-10 on the flexibility scale with 10 being the highest amount of flexibility 
  • (6:55) It is extremely challenging to be 8-10 in flexibility and strength but it is possible 
  • (7:00) Jake gives a perfect example 
  • (9:00) Jake would give Jenni equal strength and equal flexibility, he would give her a 9 in each category 
  • (9:55) A “yogi” is the term Jake refers to people that think yoga is the end all be all
  • (10:12) Yoga is good though but must be balanced. Every couple of months someone will come into the office (usually a female) that does yoga a ton and is dealing with back pain but doesn’t understand why
  • (12:06) When your body is in perfect strength all around, you should never need to stretch
  • (12:41) Stretching is good when you are tight, but why are you tight to begin with? Usually you get tight when something else is weak
  • (13:10) Back to the example of the “yogi” with back pain
  • (13:25) Weak glutes is the number one reason for back pain
  • (15:00) What do we need to focus on to get equal strength and flexibility?
  • (15:53) You should have control of all the degrees of motion of your joint
  • (16:36) Difference between active and passive stretching
  • (17:10) Jake gives an example using the knee
  • (18:37) This all comes down to injury prevention. Think about a chain on a bike, if a chain is super loose, there is more flexibility than strength, there is excessive motion in that chain which is fine if you are riding real slow. But if you start going down a hill, the chain comes off because there was too much flexibility for the speed that was being generated. The same thing is true with the human body
  • (21:03) Hypermobility in comparison to strength on the number scale is not a problem, until it is
  • (22:57) How do you know if they do not have enough flexibility versus strength? Jennis shares how she is aware of it while she is working out
  • (26:03) The number one sign you need to strengthen is feeling tightness after being in position for a prolonged period of time
  • (23:28) Sitting is the new smoking
  • (24:08) After sitting for a prolonged time, people will stand up with back pain but it due to the hip flexors being tight
  • (24:20) The back feels tight but it’s due to the hip flexors. One of the reasons the hip flexors are so tight is because you didn’t squeeze your glutes hard enough to take the tension away from the hip flexors
  • (25:15) Jake provides a real life example
  • (25:50) Instead of stretching, you should squeeze the glutes
  • (26:30) We aren’t saying stretching is bad and next week we will provide good stretches!


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Berman Physical Therapy is a physical therapy clinic in Naples, FL. Founded by Dr. Jake Berman, PT, DPT, Berman Physical Therapy’s mission is to help people aged 50+ keep ACTIVE and FREE of pain medications…even when their doctors and kids are telling them to “just take it easy!” Our specialists use rare Functional Manual Therapy techniques to find natural solutions to pain—without prescribing addictive painkillers or recommending dangerous surgeries. Maintain the active lifestyle you deserve.

Dr. Jake Berman

Dr. Jake Berman

After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. Jake Berman, PT, DPT sought out mentorship first from Bob Seton in Destin, FL and then from Aaron Robles in Jacksonville, FL. Both of these mentors have 20+ years of experience helping people keep active and mobile so they can enjoy high quality active lifestyles. What Jake found was that back pain was by far the most debilitating pain and the highest factor leading to decreased physical activity later in life. These experiences are what inspired Jake to specialize in helping people aged 50+ keep active, mobile and pain free despite the aging process. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to alleviate somebody’s back pain so that they can get back to living their best life- especially in Naples! Over the years of helping 100’s of people aged 65-75 become stronger and pain free, one thing for sure has become apparent: “he who rests rots”. Jake is a firm believer that we become stiff then old, not old then stiff. Seriously, think about it...
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