Weekly Exercise

Exercise Of The Week: Hamstring Stretch

This week’s exercise stretches the hamstrings and calves.

  • Start by lying flat on the ground on your back, with your legs out straight.
  • Keep your lower back on the ground, and slowly raise one leg up, (keeping the leg straight).
  • You can reach with your arms, and carefully pull the leg towards you for a deeper stretch. You can also use a towel or exercise band over your foot to help bring in the leg.
  • Try flexing and pointing your toes for more of a stretch in your calves.
  • Repeat with the other leg.

  • If keeping the lower leg straight while doing the stretch is difficult, try to bend it (see lower photo).
  • In this position, you can also raise your hips to a 45 degree angle, as seen below.

Make sure to consult your provider prior to starting any new exercise regimen.

dsc_0323-1    -Dr. Courtney

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