Quick Tip: Have you covered every angle of hip care?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Did you try last week’s stretch for internal hip rotation? Hopefully it’s relieved some tension, but keep in mind that attending to multiple angles of hip function is essential for the maintenance of structural health and the prevention of lower back pain. This week’s Quick Tip is another active stretch for the hips, this time focusing on their external rotation. It’s a great one to pair with last week’s stretch, and could help you ease into a position like pigeon pose if it’s currently uncomfortable for you.

To start, set yourself up cross-legged — in lotus, half-lotus, or whatever’s most comfortable for you. Begin by turning towards your left hip and using your psoas and core muscles to lower yourself over your legs. Repeat this 3-5 times. Then change your angle, turning back towards your center, and repeat the motion of lowering your torso. Repeat until you end up turned towards your right hip. If you feel any pain while doing this, pause and check in with us before continuing. And if you have any questions, you know where to find us!