The End of Stiffness with This New Type of Stretching

The way we were taught how to stretch is wrong. Discover the best way to stretch stiff muscles.



0:00 Introduction: What to do for stiff muscles
0:10 The worst way to stretch
0:50 Understanding tight muscles and stretching
2:00 The correct way to stretch
5:10 Learn more about exercise!

Let’s talk about how to relieve muscle stiffness and increase your range of motion.

Many of us have been taught to stretch by holding a position for 30 to 60 seconds—this is called static stretching. But this is the worst way to stretch your muscles.

Tight muscles are weaker and are more susceptible to injury and inflammation. When you stretch incorrectly, you can easily strain or pull a muscle.

Motion is all about the coordination of contraction and relaxation of the muscles. One of the best ways to stretch is a method from a book called The Whartons’ Complete Strength Book, and it’s called Active Isolated Flexibility.

How to stretch correctly (using Active Isolated Flexibility):
1. Identify the muscle you want to stretch
2. Contract or tighten the opposite muscle as you stretch
3. Stretch to a comfortable limit and hold for two seconds and then relax

Repeat this method of stretching eight to ten times per muscle. This would be a great warm-up before you exercise. You may also want to consider a version of this as part of the rehab process for a less severe injury.

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Thanks for watching! Try this new method of stretching stiff muscles before you exercise. I’ll see you in the next video.


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  1. Howie Will on January 17, 2023 at 11:06 am

    I’m gonna have to try this. It can be difficult retraining my mind after years of bad information. Repetitive practice should help.

    • K E on January 17, 2023 at 12:45 pm

      Static has been known to be bad for 70 years.

    • pinky on January 17, 2023 at 3:38 pm

      @K E kind of like how sit-ups have been known to damage lower back for 20 years too…

  2. Yankee 🌹 Rose on January 17, 2023 at 11:20 am

    Love how you teach us something new every day Dr. Berg ❤ thank you!

    • donnaflagg on January 17, 2023 at 12:05 pm

      I learn something from him every day too — I really like him and his manner ❤

    • Yankee 🌹 Rose on January 17, 2023 at 1:07 pm

      @donnaflagg absolutely wonderful dear friend!! 💕🌅❤

    • Monica Keenon on January 17, 2023 at 2:26 pm

      Dr Livingood😊

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 17, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks for your support!

    • unknown un on January 17, 2023 at 3:21 pm

      @Dr. Eric Berg DC thank you for caring to help us all

  3. Brainy-Brian on January 17, 2023 at 11:21 am

    Glad I have practiced yoga for several years. Started to remove stiffness and yoga is the only thing that has removed it. Had tried everything else before without it working.

    • Alyce P. on January 17, 2023 at 11:48 am

      Great. Yoga is so good for mind and body.

    • Brainy-Brian on January 17, 2023 at 11:51 am

      @Alyce P. Very true. Never stop with yoga😊

  4. Drewboi 247 on January 17, 2023 at 11:24 am

    Thx I’ll definitely be implementing this on my workout this morning😊

  5. S T on January 17, 2023 at 11:31 am

    I’m in an Iyengar yoga class and we do all these stretches. It’s the only thing that’s really helped my two herniated discs.

    • SharkFish on January 17, 2023 at 11:41 am

      Iyengar yoga? What hatha yoga does it involve?

    • S T on January 17, 2023 at 12:02 pm

      @SharkFish It’s a restorative type of yoga. We rarely do flows. It’s not fast paced but I’ve found it more effective than any other kind because it’s more about getting into the correct pose rather than doing poses fast. It’s so incredibly helpful.

    • SharkFish on January 17, 2023 at 12:44 pm

      @S T acha

    • Monica Rose on January 17, 2023 at 3:40 pm

      I’m a certified Iyengar yoga teacher & agree 100%! Contracting one side & extending its opposite, so you’re not just “stretching” which leads to pulling. ROM within realm of control.

  6. Spam Mouse on January 17, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Thanks again Dr Berg – always moving the health agenda forward. 👍

  7. The Iron Force on January 17, 2023 at 11:34 am

    Great episode.
    This is Very similar to my morning ritual of stretching n mobility movements.
    I’ve worked with such stuff clients that I’ve had to instruct them in how to use resistance bands to stretch hamstrings out , just like how it’s featured in this vid 👍

  8. Alyce P. on January 17, 2023 at 11:37 am

    Good information. Thanks Dr. Berg. You’ve mentioned the importance of muscle balance in other videos. A few years ago I started having knee tracking problems because my quads were strong/stretched/flexible but I didn’t give equal time to stretching and strengthening hams. Live and learn. I’ve been trying to stretch in the sauna after weights and cardio. I’m still a bit lazy about stretching and work-outs but trying. Thanks for all the inspiration. All the best.😊

  9. missarthemis on January 17, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Kinda makes sense. It feels like dynamic stretching.But I still find good results with the 30 to 60 sec stretching,only on warm muscles. But unfortunately I have the very bad habit of not stretching enough after a long workout. Never do it 🤣

  10. MC1R Positive Susie Q on January 17, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    This makes so much sense! A lot of this I did not know! Thank you Dr. Berg!

    • MC1R Positive Susie Q on January 17, 2023 at 12:04 pm

      Basically my whole life I’ve been doing stretches incorrectly lol

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 17, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      Glad to help!

  11. Kathryn Willette on January 17, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    I do yoga, and the stretching feels SO good! Do we do this for yoga? I’m very hypermobile, and always have been. I’m not sure how this works if you have one side of your body that tightens up all the time.
    However, I broke my shoulder and that side of my body is so tight and wraps around to the front. It’s miserable, but how do I contract the other side?

    • pinky on January 17, 2023 at 4:00 pm

      the wording in the video is a little unclear. one side of our BODY does not relax while the other flexes
      one side of a specific JOINT relaxes while the other side flexes.
      pick a muscle that is tight. flex that muscle. stretch that muscle.
      hope this helps. 😀

  12. SaturnEnslaved on January 17, 2023 at 12:32 pm

    I dislocated my knee during a Jiu Jitsu class last May, I severely injured every part minus the meniscus, with cat 2 tears on every tendon, smashed Cartilage on the femur and underside of the knee cap. I had my knee in a brace and during my 10 weeks off work before surgery, I did 2 hours of hydrotherapy per day, just by myself, walking very very slowly around in a pool at the gym, followed by an hour sauna with just very light stretching, never passing a reasonable pain threshold, i did this every day. When I finally go to the physiotherapy phase of my recovery, he was astonished to see the range of motion I had gained during the first maybe 4 weeks, and stated that I was more like 3 months ahead compared to other people he had seen. It was around that time that I actually discover Dr Eric Berg and dude has my ultimate trust, plus a healthy layer of scepticism to make sure I cross reference things I feel unsure about. Dude’s a god-send.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 17, 2023 at 2:28 pm

      Great news!

    • Sameera Ahmad on January 17, 2023 at 3:49 pm

      @Dr. Eric Berg DC hi dr berg

    • Sameera Ahmad on January 17, 2023 at 3:52 pm

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    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 17, 2023 at 4:07 pm

      No, that is spam so please don’t reply to them. We delete and block many of them daily.

    • Sameera Ahmad on January 17, 2023 at 4:42 pm

      @Dr. Eric Berg DC Dr. Berg i have a lifetime subscription for ur consultation but unfortunately im not able to consult with u regarding my health conditions

  13. RiCardo Picena on January 17, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    I learned this in my yoga teacher training.
    I also suggest with every exercise, stretch, or any health practice to do diaphragm breathing in sync with your practices.
    Your breath is the primary thing your body needs once you have your basics in line . On average, we can last three weeks without food three days without water for only three minutes without air….

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 17, 2023 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks for sharing this info.

    • RiCardo Picena on January 17, 2023 at 1:05 pm

      @Dr. Eric Berg DC and thank you for the work you do brother! ♥️🙏🏾

  14. Shoshanah on January 17, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    Dr Berg is one health professional you don’t get all stressed up listening to him. He’s good! His health advice is reliable & calming. There’s hardly ever a day I don’t listen to him.
    Thanks a million, Doc! 😊

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on January 17, 2023 at 2:22 pm

      You’re very welcome!

  15. The Goods on January 17, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    I had a really tight calf on my left leg that was causing pain in the arch of my foot. I tried stretching it the normal way, like 10 seconds at a time, for months, but no improvement. Someone suggested stretching it non stop for 5 minuets. I did that for a few days and guess what, I could physically see the improvement in range of motion, and within a week my foot pain was gone.

  16. Fitness Plate on January 17, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    I do this style of stretching with so many of my clients. Many yoga practices go along with this. The body needs movement vs static stretching.

  17. Rosi on January 17, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    Thank you for sharing all your info to help us! Can you do another one for fibromyalgia. What supplements,foods,and exercise are best please?🥰🙏🏼

  18. motofunk on January 17, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve been using their book now for about 10 years to manage lower back pain. Once you feel this technique you immediately realize why what you were doing before felt wrong.

  19. frappelover621 on January 17, 2023 at 5:17 pm

    I think this is what we do on the Pilates reformer. I know I’m extremely tight but always feel more stretched after class. Is Yin yoga also good?

  20. Deepa Nigam on January 17, 2023 at 6:01 pm

    Yoga for 60-90 minutes 5 days a week fixes all the issues with joints, back pain, along with healthy diet

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