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Top 5 QL Stretches (Quadratus Lumborum)

The QL (Quadratus Lumborum) is a muscle in the back part of the abdominal wall, and is often overlooked as the cause of back pain.

Since the QL is a deep muscle, it can cause alignment issues as well when it is injured or irritated.

For the first QL stretch, getting your legs into a butterfly position will help increase the stretch, but you don’t have to if you have really tight groin muscles.

Then put the leg of the side you want to stretch out at an angle for the next two stretches. You can stretch over to the opposite side, and you can also add a rotation for more of a stretch.

The fourth Quadratus Lumborum stretch is a little tougher, and if you have other issues (knee or hip pain), you might want to hold off on this one.

The last QL stretch is a little easier to do since you have the floor to help keep your hips in place. Pushing up when on your side will give you a great QL stretch.

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7 Stiff Back Stretches

A stiff back can be caused by many things including arthritis, back strain, alignment issues, and general stiffness. These back stretches should help.

Some great ways to relieve a stiff back are pelvic tilts, bridges, trunk rotation, single knee to chest, and double knee to chest. All these help loosen up the pelvic and hip muscles, as well as the back extensors and trunk muscles.

A prayer stretch or child’s pose, and a cat/dog or cat/cow do a great job of stretching the whole back and hips, as well as other parts of the body.

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7 Tight Hip Stretches

Tight hips can be caused by many different things including arthritis, muscles imbalance, strains, sprains, and alignment issues. These hip stretches should help.

You basically want to stretch out all the muscles around your hip to help relax the hip muscles. A knee to chest stretch stretches the low back and posterior hip muscles, a butterfly stretch stretches the groin and adductor muscles, a piriformis stretch stretches the piriformis and glutes, and a hip flexor stretch stretches all the hip flexor and anterior hip muscles.

Standing up, you can work the hip muscles swinging movements to help relax and decrease the tightness. Hip circles, hip abduction/adduction, and hip flexion/extension swings do a great job of working the hip muscles and relaxing them as well.

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7 Stiff Knee Stretches

Stiff knees can occur for many different reasons including arthritis, a sprain, a strain, or any other injury. These stretches should help.

Doing patella (kneecap) mobs is a great way to get the knee loosened up. Since the patella is connected to the quad tendon and the patellar tendon, if it gets tight, it will put pressure on the knee joint.

Since the calves, hamstrings, IT band, and quads all cross the knee joint, it’s really important to stretch those muscles to help relieve stiffness and tightness in the knee.

Finally heel slides lying down and seated can really help decrease stiffness in the knee.

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