Stretch therapy, also known as stretch and tone, is a type of physical therapy that uses stretching exercises to improve range of motion and flexibility. It is often used to treat injuries or conditions that cause pain or stiffness.
Most insurance companies will cover therapy if it is recommended by a doctor or other healthcare provider. However, it is important to check with your insurer to confirm coverage before starting treatment.
Some insurers may require a pre-authorization before they will pay for stretch therapy, so be sure to ask about this ahead of time.
Potential downsides and risks –
Although stretch therapy is generally considered safe, there are some potential downsides and risks to be aware of. These include:
Pain or discomfort during the stretch –
It is normal to feel some pain or discomfort during therapy, but this should not be severe. If you experience any sharp pain, stop the stretch and consult your doctor.
bruising or skin irritation –
Stretching can sometimes cause bruising or skin irritation, especially if done incorrectly. Be sure to stretch gently and slowly at first to avoid this.
Dizziness or lightheadedness –
You may feel dizzy or lightheaded after a stretch, especially if you stand up too quickly. This is usually nothing to worry about and will go away on its own. However, if you experience severe dizziness, stop the stretch and consult your doctor.
Stretch therapy certification –
There is no formal certification for stretch therapists, but many have a background in physical therapy, occupational therapy, or other related field. Before beginning stretch therapy, be sure to ask about your therapist’s experience and training.
Stretch therapy is a scientific system that includes:
- A comprehensive assessment
- Development of a personalized stretch therapy program
- Implementation of the stretch therapy program
- Reassessment to track progress and make changes to the stretch therapy program as needed.
Stretch therapy can help improve range of motion and flexibility, as well as reduce pain and stiffness. It is important to check with your insurance company to confirm coverage before starting treatment. Be sure to ask about your therapist’s experience and training before beginning stretch therapy.
What can stretch therapy treat?
Conditions that can be treated with stretch therapy include:
Arthritis – Stretch therapy can help reduce pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.
Back pain – It can help relieve back pain and improve range of motion.
Neck pain – This can help relieve neck pain and improve range of motion.
Shoulder pain – Stretch therapy can help relieve shoulder pain and improve range of motion.
Hip pain – It can help relieve hip pain and improve range of motion.
Knee pain – Stretch therapy can help relieve knee pain and improve range of motion.
Ankle Pain – This can help relieve ankle pain and improve range of motion.
Plantar Fasciitis – stretch therapy can help relieve the heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
Is stretch therapy right for me?
Stretch therapy may not be right for everyone. If you have a serious medical condition, such as cancer or heart disease, you should check with your doctor before starting therapy. People who have had a recent surgery or injury may also need to consult their doctor before starting stretch therapy.