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Most physical therapy programs prescribed by Therapists involves some type of stretching component based on the findings in the initial evaluation.  So why is stretching so important in returning individuals to their normal activities?  Tightness in the muscles surrounding joints can limit proper motion and put unnecessary stress on the joint and surrounding tissue.  Overtime this stiffness can cause pain and soreness in the joints and progressively to surrounding areas as the body tries to compensate for the lack of mobility.  Some research has also shown that a maintained stretching program can also help to prevent injury with activity because the muscle are flexible and therefore less likely to be strained or torn.  Consulting with a Physical Therapist will help you to maintain the proper motion of the muscles and joints keeping you happy and healthy!