To do this stretch the stretcher should lie on their back with their hip and knee flexed to 90 degrees, with the foot drawn toward the opposite shoulder as much as is comfortable. Once again remember everyone is different therefore the muscle stretch will feel different to everyone. The partner should place one hand on the stretchers knee and the other on the ankle for support. Make sure the other legs is flat on the ground and the sacrum is also on the ground. The partner should offer resistance for the isometric contraction as the stretch slowly starts to push their knee and ankle towards their partner. The stretchers then need to relax and breathe deeply and on the exhale contract the hip flexors in order to deepen the stretch.
Always remember that while stretching may be recommended to aid recovery out of injury, you should always be very careful when stretching through rehabilitation. Your soft tissues are likely to be more vulnerable to re-injury if you stretch too much or too hard during this time. Always check with your Health Care Professional who is guiding you through your recovery to make sure it is appropriate to start stretching, and please - ALWAYS FOLLOW THE RULES FOR SAFE STRETCHING (blog #50).
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