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Before or after? When is stretching best?

Before or after? When is stretching best?

It’s amazing how often we do things because “that’s how it’s always been done.” The COVID pandemic has at least one silver lining; it has forced us to revisit old habits.

We’re reexamining everything, it seems, including how we exercise—with gyms closed and all the other disruptions. That brings an opportunity. We are rethinking whether it is better to stretch before or after exercise.

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For pain: heat, ice or neither?

For pain: heat, ice or neither?

It’s one of our most frequently asked questions. For muscle and joint pain, what’s best—heat or ice? As in much of medicine, the answer—it depends.

First, it’s important to make the distinction between treating the problem and the symptoms. For the most part, heat and ice work on symptoms. It’s been studied and some research suggests a therapeutic benefit, but those results are very limited and not well established.

Neither will do much to mitigate the cause of the pain. But for a pulled muscle, back spasms, twisted ankle or soreness after intense activity—ice or heat can help you feel better. And there’s a third option: nothing. Sometimes it’s best to just leave it alone.

Let’s break it down.

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