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Had a visit to Dr. Price recently, with a little tingling in the leg and also the bottom of the right foot. I thought it was herniated disk (had this before, but felt a little different).


He said no, it was muscular pressure on nerve.


Here is the interesting part for me: per Dr. Price, 7 min is a solid amount of time to stretch. The time stretching is more critical than the intensity of it.


Takes 1 min to stretch the muscle, and then after that you are into tendons, etc.


Maybe everyone else knew that, but I sure didn't.


Been doing some stretching lately (also muscle work) and not yet where I want to be, but getting closer.


I'd be glad to see some good link/posts on stretching, and pictures are always good (no Neanderthal jokes please).


(You know Hotfoot's fingers are itching over her keyboard right now).



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Pretty much everything I know about stretching came from my Physical Training with the Marines,


we normally started at the top of our bodies and worked down, the routine was something like



Triceps Stretch,

Posterior Shoulder Stretch,

Upper Back Stretch,

Chest Stretch,

Quadriceps Stretch,

Groin Stretch,

Modified Hurdler Stretch,

Calf Stretch

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C'mon Cobie, seriously, how am I supposed to survive without making a joke?


Actually after a number of weeks in a leg cast I am having to start all over with fitness and particularly working on getting all the tendons and ligaments in my knee, ankle and foot working right again.


I had always heard that you had to hold a stretch at least 20 seconds for it to be effective - are you saying your doc told you that you have to hold each stretch more than a minute? Did he say EACH stretch has to be for 7 minutes, or was that total time for your whole routine?

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Yeah, its 1 minute alone to stretch the muscle, but you have to go further than that to get the tendons, etc., stretched. At mid-50's, I'm tighter than I used to be and I just haven't spent any real time stretching in the last few years. Feel a ton better so far, but still not sorted to my satisfaction.


I know many are doing Yoga, if anyone wants to chime in on that, please do.



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cf, As you know i have this problem and you have been helping me with it. Dr. prices assessment is exactly what I guessed in the ballpark. we do a stretch routine at walmart which is similar to the marine system with the addition of the lifting stretch which is like a modified squat without weights and a more upright back position. should be good for your legs. best, nr

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Ok there are 2 kinds of stretching -


1. Active - That which you can do on your own.You bend and touch your toes, your abs contract and your spine is stretched.


2. Passive - You get outside help.You can't touch your toes, but your buddy pushes down on your shoulders and pushes you down further than you can go by yourself.


If something has to be stretched, something else has to contract by default...usually the equal opposite.EG - Back contracts, abs stretch.Abs contact, back stretches.


Before you stretch, you need some warming up [ Depending on how intense your stretch is, and also your general fitness ].Light wrist,ankle, arm rotations etc followed by the more intense touching toes or bending backwards or whatever.


I would disagree that time is more important than intensity.A ten second bridge hold is more productive than a longer duration of a less intense exercise.

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I too have had a similar problem after riding the sport bike over the sport cruiser. After talking with the physio I have come up with the following reasons for cramp and tingling in the foot, especially the right foot. A) the sport bike has a small diameter peg causing more pressure per sq. inch, especially when cornering when more body weight is on the one foot B) the peg is metal and does not have a rubber isolator to cut down on the vibration going into the foot like previous bikes and the sport cruiser C) the higher horsepower of the bike causes more vibration D) the exhaust on the right hand side is connected to the bracket going to the right peg. I am looking at isolating the pegs with rubber isolators like they use on vibrating compactors and using pegs that have a greater surface area. I may change the connection of the exhaust so it does not connect to the peg bracket. I too am doing exercises and going to physio. Good luck

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