Watch the video to learn the difference between a stretching and a strengthening exercise and why your therapist may prescribe each.
Difference #1 – The goal of the exercise – The goal of a stretching exercise is to lengthen the muscle tissue to improve how far you can move a body part. The goal of a strengthening exercise is to increase the bulk of the muscle so that you can move that body part with more force.
Difference #2 – The parameters of the exercise – A stretching exercise is usually held for at least 30 seconds. A strengthening exercise is usually done for sets and reps in order to fatigue the muscle.
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