Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bristol, R. I.
Bikes: Specialized Secteur, old Peugeot
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I'm a believer in the value of stretching. Some years ago I played considerable tennis and loved hitting a fast serve. This resulted in a persistent sore shoulder that lasted for months with no relief. While seeing a chiropractor on a separate issue, he gave me several shoulder exercises which included stretches and strenthening. To my absolute amazement, in two days the discomfort was mostly gone and to this day I experience no discomfort. It so happened that the chiropractor was also a body builder so he may have had some training beyond what a typical chiropractor receives. In any case, the right exercise for a particular muscle or group is going to be beneficial.
I do a daily round of stretches first thing in the AM with further stretches throughout the day and some work with dumb bells and leg weights. The leg weights are mostly to target knee strength with lateral moves. I also do the pigeon pose which specifically targets the piniforus muscle, a muscle you would not otherwise know about, and a few other yoga execises less frequently. All in all, I'm fairly limber but would not be except for stretching which keeps me mobile.