Stretching Breaks Can Be Hazardous to Your Health - and Dignity

Writer: RACHEL WOLFE | Outlet: The Wall Street Journal

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Stacey Sullivan is no gymnast. But at 6 a.m. in her dark home office, she ended up in the splits.


While Ms. Sullivan fumbled for the light switch, her foot caught her foam exercise roller, propelling her left leg forward and sending her tumbling. She had bought the roller a month ago to relieve stiff muscles, not expecting the hot-pink device would land her in front of an X-ray machine.


“I feel like such an old lady,” the 44-year-old Dallas public-relations consultant said. “May need to invest in one of those Life Alert necklaces next.”


Absent trips to the water cooler or down the block for lunch, workers like Ms. Sullivan have turned to stretching to relieve scrunched, sedentary muscles. They have discovered its risks, from falling asleep in the butterfly position to falling off stretching chairs.


Ms. Sullivan escaped with a bruised ankle. New York physical therapist Theresa Marko, 45, can’t guarantee the same for one of her clients who fell off her rolling chair and onto her wrist during a seated hamstring stretch.