To stretch or not to stretch? The answer has been somewhat controversial in recent years. Bottom line: Stretch, but at the right time!
Stretching increases mobility and range of motion, improves blood flow, and loosens tight muscles that can cause back pain. One key to stretching, of course, is when you choose to do it. You can stretch after a 5- to 10-minute warm-up, after exercise, or any time you need to loosen up, so long as your muscles are not cold. Stretching after a warm shower works well. And if you sit at a desk all day (we’ll talk about that later!), be sure to bend your body throughout the day. Reach your hands over your head, bend over and touch your toes, roll your head around to stretch your neck, and put one foot on the opposite knee and bend forward slightly. You can do all these stretches at your desk. Just be sure to loosen up by walking for a few minutes before stretching. - Cleveland Clinic
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