You probably remember that as a child you could kneel down on a hard floor or hang from a tree with your arms at your ears.
Not any more? Well that is likely due to a lot of factors.
As we age our connective tissue changes creating adhesions, and we lose some of our smooth cartilage in our joints developing osteoarthritis.
This leads to pain and stiffness. Certainly we can’t reverse the effects of arthritis with stretching, but we can improve our current functional motion.
Try some of these stretches every day and you will notice an improvement in your ability to do certain things around the house. Reaching for that high jar on the shelf or bending over to tie your shoe.
Purpose of this exercise
Improve the range of motion in your hips and legs.
Help stabilize your low back and pelvis.
How to do it:
Sitting in a chair, place your hands on either side for support.
Slowly raise your right hip off the chair.
Hold for 10 to 20 seconds.
Then lift your left hip off the chair.
Continue to breathe normally, in through the nose and out through the mouth..
If you have a recent hip replacement, ask your doctor or physical therapist if this movement will be tolerated.
Make sure your back is comfortably against the chair.
Use your hands to hold your knee up if you are unable to maintain this position.
Take it up a notch:
Sit more toward the front of the chair to generate more of a twist.
Cross your leg over the other for more of a stretch.
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