Relieve Back Pain with the Figure 4 Stretch

Stuck at a desk all day? This this stretch one move you must do.  You can relieve back pain with the Figure 4 Stretch.

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There’s no denying it: Sitting all day wreaks havoc on your hips. And it’s not just resulting in minor aches and pains—over time, this tightness can affect your mobility and flexibility.

The figure 4 stretch is used to mobilize the hip joint and stretch the hip muscles, like the glutes and piriformis. Since tight hips can cause back stiffness, this stretch can also be used to prevent and relieve back pains. This is a good stretch to do before and after squats and lunges because the glutes are used heavily in those exercises.  You’ll be amazed how much easier you’re able to move—and deeper you can squat!

Relieve Back Pain with the Figure 4 Stretch

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The Move: Figure 4 Stretch

Start lying on your back with knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Lift right leg and cross right ankle over the knee. Reach hands around left leg to meet under thigh (as shown). Draw the left thigh towards you while keeping torso pressed against floor. Use your right elbow to gently press right knee away from you as you draw thigh in closer. Hold for 3-5 breaths, deepening the stretch with every exhale, then switch sides.

Relieve Back Pain with the Figure 4 Stretch

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