Back thigh stretches are very important. The muscles of the backside of the thigh tend to shortening what limits the mobility of the hip joints.
Back thigh stretches
The best way to perform back thigh stretches is by having the heel of the stretched leg elevated on a chair, bench, or similar. The knee joint is completely stretched. The angle between the leg and the axis of the pelvis is approximately 90°. The tip of the foot inclines toward the inside. The foot of the bottom leg points straight forward. The pelvis tilts and our back tends toward a hollow back. Keep your back straight and bend forward over the hip joint. Feel a stretch tension on the backside of your thigh.
Back thigh stretches can also be performed lying. Here, we get in supine position pulling one leg maximally towards our chest. In this variation we tend to bend the knee what makes the exercise less effective. In standing position we are more able to control our knee, pelvis and back.
More variations could be practised in either sitting or standing position. The legs are stretched and we bend forward as far as possible with our upper body. Grabbing the feet with our hands pulling our upper body even further to the front intensifies the stretch tension. But here again, it is difficult to keep a clean execution.
If you would like to learn about the different stretching methods please read the article types of stretching.
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