What is the most common question I am asked?
Over the years, I have been asked many questions covering many different topics. Questions ranging from what pillow or mattress is most recommended, whether to use ice or heat, my opinion on CBD products, and more. The one question I have been asked more than any other is a simple one with a complicated answer: “I have this pain…what stretches can I do for that?”
And the answer: “It depends…”.
The response from the inquirer is usually one of disappointment. Why is this question so difficult to answer? Because there are too many variables involved. As Doctors of Physical Therapy, we take great care in analyzing every aspect of a patient’s complaint to provide the best diagnosis and treatment plan. We all have the same anatomy, yet we are uniquely different structurally, chemically and electrically. What works for some individuals with a certain condition, is not appropriate for all with similar conditions. We use a patient’s subjective information combined with testing, measuring, observing and “feeling” before we can prescribe what treatment interventions and exercises are best.
Many conditions don’t require stretching at all but may need stabilization, strengthening, balance exercises or a combination of all to achieve maximum benefit.