Back Care Tip #3: Hip/ Piriformis Stretch
This week we turn our attention specifically to our hips and legs. The piriformis muscle lies just behind your hip joint (in the gluteal region), so this stretching exercise is great for lengthening those muscles. It’s also a simple exercise to improve flexibility in your hips and glutes, as well as combat bad posture or running form.
Step 1: Bring the knee towards the opposite shoulder and pull the foot across your body
Step 2: Ensure your hips are flat on the floor
Step 3: Alternatively cross the foot at the knee and hug the knee to chest, hold for 60 seconds
**Please note that all these stretches should be pain free and patients should breathe normally while holding the stretch.