The Side Stretch You Should Be Doing!

The obliques are underrated. If they’re tight, everything else can be affected. Your obliques are responsible for both good hip function and shoulder function. If they’re not able to do their job correctly, you’ll experience a loss of strength, loss of performance and, in some cases, nagging pains that soon become injuries.

This stretch can help improve shoulder mobility, leg length discrepancies, and chronic lower back pain. Even if you have none of these issues, doing this stretch at the start and end of your workout will get you more mobile and help with recovery.

How To Do It

  1. Stand close to a rig or doorframe.
  2. Place the inside hand on the rig/wall beside your hip, knuckles forward.
  3. Reach up and over with the outside hand and grab behind the pole/doorframe.
  4. Lean out away from the rig/wall into the area you wish to stretch. Breathe.
  5. Hold, sway, or change hand or foot positioning slightly to get the best out of it.
  6. Repeat on the other side.

This is just one stretch Dr. Roberts might send you home with when you see her for a hip, shoulder or a back injury.  When you schedule a physical therapy appointment at L A R Physical Therapy, Dr. Roberts will perform a thorough examination, give you a correct diagnosis and send you off with a detailed home exercise plan.  Dr. Roberts wants to empower her clients to take ownership of their well-being with exercises to do at home to progress treatment and return clients to their daily and recreational activities more quickly.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 410.381.1574.

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