I am not a fan of giving you a big list of stretches and exercises to do at the end of the day because let’s face it, who does them. I am a big believer in giving you things that won’t become a chore and can easily be integrated into your day, and this is a perfect example of that. I do this stretch while working on my computer - this way I get my stretches in with no interruption to my day. Awesome!
The trick with this is to sit upright, engage your core and tilt forward using just your pelvis. There should be no movement in your lower back. If you are doing this correctly, you won’t need to tilt far before you really feel the stretch. Aim to hold each stretch for a least one minute, repeating three times on each side as you can throughout the day. There are adaptations to this stretch for those with compromised knees and hips – have a chat to your therapist and we’ll be happy to show them to you,
Hip mobility is a big problem in western cultures due to the amount of sitting we do, and is a significant contributor to New Zealand’s high level of hips replacements. There is a lot we can do to help reduce these numbers, starting with increasing hip flexibility – so get stretching.
Mandy Crawford, Doctor of Osteopathy