Stretching on your own simply won’t impact your joints. You may feel initial relief after stretching but your muscles, by nature, will once again tighten up. Additionally, you’re ignoring the fascia (a thin layer of tissue that surrounds all our muscles and organs) that encases the muscle fibers. Habitual poor posture, repetition of incorrect mechanics, or simply not using a muscle group causes the fascia to tighten up which consequently limits the flexibility of the muscle as a whole. Fascial stretching achieves long-term gains in flexibility and range of motion by unlocking your joint capsules and stretching the fascial layer that surrounds muscular structures and intertwines its way through your entire body! Woah!