Stretching for nurses is just as important as it is for athletes. Nurses and athletes both rely on their bodies to perform physically stressful tasks. This is just one of the many reasons why a nurse needs stretching to survive a hard day’s work.
As a nurse, you’ve probably experienced sitting or standing for long periods of time and then all of a sudden a patient needs to be lifted or moved. This happens to athletes too when they’re waiting to join the action on the court or field.
Which stretches are best? The best stretches for nurses are both dynamic and static in nature. Sure, you’d stretch before or after a workout but are you stretching daily or even weekly? We know it can be hard to take the time to do pretty much anything for yourself during your shift as a nurse. Even restroom breaks seem to be few and far between. According to physical therapists, stretching should be done daily to maintain mobility and independence, regardless of your age. Start stretching now, even if you just started your nursing career, and you’ll thank yourself for years to come!
So, what are static and dynamic stretches?
Static stretching means a stretch is held in a challenging but comfortable position for some amount of time, usually between 10 to 30 seconds.
Dynamic stretching is stretching for some amount of time over 10 seconds with added motions.
What kind of stretches can you do at work? There are a ton but here are a few we recommend: Torso twist, Shoulder shrug, Wrist stretch, and Leg extensions.
Stretching is good for your circulation too! Stretching gets oxygen rich blood to the body for the nutrition and the rebuilding of cells. It “flushes out” dead, tired, and oxygen depleted cells and toxic waste products from the system.
For a more how-to guide on stretching head to our guide: “Best Exercises and Stretches for Nurses.”
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