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William Brady, DC
To expand on Keith’s post…
On most people 5.5″ of toe to wall distance (measured via ID system) is about 50 degrees of dorsiflexion. That’s about 9 degrees per inch. To round the math out 1/10 of an inch is 1 degree (to go metric 1/10 of an inch is 2.5 mm).
The research you linked stated stretching for 15 minutes can add 2-3 degrees to dorsiflexion range. This is about 6 mm or 1/4 inch.
Let’s get back to the point- this is rounding error as far as the ID system is concerned. This research supports the claim that stretching is a waste of time compared to ID. Think about it- stretching is applying treatment in the absence of a diagnosis AND it doesn’t do the thing it’s supposed to do- increase range in a meaningful range.
Please tell your patients to stop stretching.