Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Iliopsoas Muscle Stretches

1. Sit on the edge of a hard surface with your gluteus maximus on the edge of the surface. Hug your left knee. Keep your right leg relaxed. This will stretch your right iliopsoas muscle and rotate your hips backward, the opposite way of which they are usually tilted forward. Breath into the stretch and keep it 10 seconds. Repeat as needed.

2. Go on the floor in lunge position, with your knees bent at 90 degrees. If your left leg is up, invert your right ankle. Bring your arms up to shoulder level and externally rotate your humerus and wrists while you extend your wrists. In this position, lean forward toward your left knee. Do not extend your knee beyond your ankles. Keep the stretch for at least ten seconds. Exhale each time you stretch beyond what seems to be your limit. Do this in a steady, not ballistic way. Keep each elongated stretch for 5-10 seconds. Repeat for the opposite leg. Repeat as often as you need.

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