One of the most common reasons people seek acupuncture is hip and low back pain.
The following 3 stretches are what I suggest to patients and they see the results very quickly. These stretches can be done by anyone regardless of age, fitness, or time requirements and most importantly, do not require equipment. About 5 minutes several times throughout the day is all that is required.
This stretches the calf (Gastocnemius and Soleus mainly) and Achilles Tendon. As a result this stretch can relieve knee pain, hamstring tightness, pain in the bottom of the foot, and pain in the sacroiliac joint.
Seated Hamstring Stretch
This stretches the hamstrings (Biceps femoris, Semitendinosus, Semimembranosus) and as a result can relax the muscles of the low back.
Seated Lower Back Stretch
This stretches the muscles of the low back as well as the mid back.
Christian Hoffert L.Ac.
Outside the world of Chinese Medicine, Christian enjoys hiking, trail running, reading, martial arts, and cooking.