Stretch of the Week: Hip Flexor and Mobilization
By Amanda Gallow, DPT, SCS
AZOPT Buckeye Physical Therapist
Stretch Type: Static
How to Perform: Secure a band inside a doorway or to a sturdy object. Place the band around the right leg, up toward the thigh. Then, kneel on right knee with your left foot in front. Perform a posterior pelvic tilt. You should feel a stretch across the front of the right hip and thigh. To the make the stretch more intense, lean slightly forward or place a small towel roll or pillow under your right ankle to increase the amount of knee bend.
Why Perform This Stretch: This is static stretch for the quadriceps muscle and hip flexor muscles with a slight joint mobilization. These are common areas that are tight due to posture and long periods of sitting. By adding the belt, you are not only stretching the muscle but also stretching the joint capsule.