Leg Stretching Techniques
To Loosen Leg Muscles &
Ease Low Back Pain
The leg stretching techniques below limber the muscles and tendons at the backs of your legs. Regularly stretching your legs relieves and prevents leg pain and lower back pain and opens important energy channels from your spine to your feet.
Check with your health professional first before trying these exercises, especially if you have lower back pain or leg pain or you haven't exercised for some time. Also included below are links to additional exercises on this site to stretch and strengthen your legs.
Leg Stretch - Sitting
1. Sit on the floor or flat ground. Extend your left leg out straight, with your foot pointing up.
Bend your right leg and rest your foot next to the inside of your left knee. Keep both legs as flat as
possible. Place your right hand on your left thigh.
2. Breathe in through your nose. As you breathe out (through your nose) slowly and
gently bend forward at the waist and (try to) touch and hold the toes of your straightened leg with your left hand. Stretch
only as far as you comfortably can.
3. Take 3 slow, deep breaths in this position.
Each time you exhale, though, stretch a little bit more. As you exhale for the final time,
slowly and gently return to the upright sitting position. Take a slow, deep breath or two, then reverse the position
and start stretching your right leg. Alternately stretch each leg several times.
Don't bend your neck too much; instead bend at the waist
Stretch slowly, gently & smoothly
Your leg muscles will be tighter in the morning so take extra care then
Stop if you feel any pain - don't force it
Leg Stretch - Standing
1. Stand facing any object that's at least waist height and that you can place your foot on. Gently raise your left leg and put your heel on the object. Keep your hips andupper body facing front on. You can turn your right foot outwards a little for comfort. Rest yourright hand on your left thigh.
2. Breathe in through your nose. As you exhale (through your nose) slowly and gently bend forward at the waist and try to touch and hold your toes on your left foot. Stretchonly as far as you comfortably can. Take 3 slow, deep breaths in this position. Each time you exhale, though, stretch a little bit more. Feel your hamstrings (backs of thighs) stretching and your calf muscles (backs of lower legs) stretching.
3. As you breath out for the final time, slowly raise your upper body to the upright startingposition. Gently bring your left foot down off the object to the floor. Holding your left leg behind the kneehelps as you do this. That completes one leg stretch. Repeat steps 1-3 with your right leg. Alternatelystretch each leg several times, once or twice a day.
Tips Don't bend your neck too much; instead bend at the waistStretch slowly, gently & smoothly Your leg muscles will be tighter in the morning so take extra care thenStop if you feel any pain - never force a stretch
Benefits of these Leg Stretching Techniques
Leg stretching techniques like the ones above are safe, simple and effective. Doing them regularly:
- Limbers the muscles & tendons at the backs of your legs
- Opens vital energy channels from your spine to your feet
- Relieves & prevents leg pain & lower back pain
For more leg stretching techniques try the ones below. While the above exercises stretch the backs of your legs, these ones stretch and strengthen the front and sides of your legs, especially your thighs.
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Leg Stretching Techniques