Exercise

Kneeling Hamstring Stretch

Physiotherapist Charissa Fermelis shares a stretch for your legs and back.

Written by Charissa Fermelis

How to

  1. Kneel on one knee with the other leg extended forward. Ensure the spine is kept elongated as you fold forward from the hip joint and lay your torso along the front leg. Avoid rounding the back or shoulders.
  2. Alternate between having the front foot flexing up to the ceiling and pointing down to the floor.

Tips

Muscles contain contractile fibres which change length when a muscle contracts and relaxes. This results in movement of the bones to which it attaches.

It is possible to increase the resting length of a muscle and the flexibility throughout its range of movement via a combination of static and dynamic stretching and specific strengthening exercises.

Nerves do not contain these contractile tissue fibres, so improving the mobility of a nerve involves ‘flossing’ the nerve along its pathway.

Stretch out your whole body with the be. Stretching Guide.

Written by Charissa Fermelis

Charissa Fermelis is a physiotherapist, Pilates practitioner and dance medicine expert who consults in Melbourne and across regional Victoria. charissafermelis.com

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