Hey everybody, it’s Doctor Jo. I’ve had a
lot of people ask me about back flexion exercises and stretches, so today what we’re gonna do
is we’re gonna start off with the back flexion stretches. So what I’m gonna have you do is
I’m gonna have you roll over onto your back and lie down. Alright, so the first stretch
that I’m gonna have you do for back flexion stretch is called the single knee to chest.
And so what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna bring your leg up. The key here is if you
have some knee problems, don’t pull up on your knee like this cause that puts a lot
of pressure on your knee. What I’m gonna have you do is grab just under your thigh right
here, and what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna bring that knee all the way up towards your
chest as far as you comfortably can. Now you want your stretch to be tension, a lot of
pressure in there, but you don’t want it to be painful because you’re gonna hold this
for 30 seconds. And you’re gonna do it 3 times on each side. So what I’m gonna have you do
is start counting, and when you count it’s not 12345678910. Really make sure it’s 30
seconds cause if you don’t get that 30 seconds in there, you’re not gonna get a proper stretch.
So 30 seconds, then I’m gonna have you switch sides, and you’re gonna pull that knee up
to your chest. And do 30 seconds on this time, and I’m gonna have you do it 3 times on each
side. So just that simple. Make sure that the stretch is comfortable, but that you’re
feeling the stretches in there. Alright, so then the next one I’m gonna have you do, this
one’s called the double knee to chest. So what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna bring
one up, and then you’re actually gonna bring the other one up, too. The same thing, you
want to pull those knees up towards your chest and feel that stretch through your back. And
what that’s gonna do is that’s gonna open up that space in your vertebrae back there,
so any pressure that’s going on there, maybe through the nerves and stuff, that’s gonna
open those spaces up. And I’m sure you can guess, you want to hold it for 30 seconds
and then do it three times each. Alright. So the next one is a hamstring stretch. Now
you always hear people say you want to stretch out your hamstrings, but if you don’t do it
properly, you’re not gonna get a good stretch. So the first stretch with the hamstrings,
what I’m gonna have you do is I’m gonna have you bring your knee up to about 90 degrees
right here, you don’t want to pull it all the way up, and you don’t want to have it
way down, you want to be about 90 degrees. And you’re gonna grab right underneath your
thigh here again, and just relax that leg. What you’re gonna do is you’re gonna slowly
bring your leg up until you feel that stretch behind your leg, those hamstrings and everything.
Now if you can only get your knee to here, that’s ok. That’s fine as long as you’re feeling
that stretch. Now if you can pull it all the way up, that’s great and if that’s not tight
enough fro you, what I’m gonna have you do is I’m gonna have you pull your toes towards
you and that will kick in those calf muscles back there and you’ll get a nice stretch.
Now again, you’re gonna hold that for 30 seconds and you’re gonna do it 3 times on each side.
Now some people might not be able to do a really good job holding that leg up there,
their leg’s gonna start shaking a little bit. So I’ve got another way to stretch those hamstrings.
So what you can do is you can take a belt, if you’ve got a belt, you can use a leash
that has a loop on it, but what you want to do is you want to take the belt, and you’re
gonna straighten our your leg. Now you want to relax your leg, and you’re gonna pull up
towards you. Now the key here is not to bend your knee this time. So if you’re up here
but your knee is bent, that’s not good. I want you to bring it down until you can get
that leg straight, and then pull it up towards you. And the same kind of thing with the stretch,
you want to pull your foot down more, that’s gonna kick in your calf and you’re gonna stretch
both of them. And I bet you can guess how long to stretch it. 30 seconds, 3 times on
each side. So we’ve got one more stretch for ya, these stretches are easy to do, even before
you get out of bed in the morning cause you’re lying down. But if you want to get on up,
what you can do is you can stretch your hamstrings while you’re sitting up. Some people pull
their leg in like this, some people sit on the couch and then they’ll have their leg
laying down on the side. The key here is, a lot of people go into a hamstring stretch
and do this. “Gotta grab my toes, I gotta grab my toes, this is a great stretch.” Well
they’re not actually stretching their hamstrings cause their back is curled. If you keep your
back straight, and bend at your hips, that’s where you’re gonna get the hamstring stretch
cause your hamstrings are actually connected to that pelvis there. So if I’m sitting like
this and I’m just leaning this far with my back straight, I’m getting more of a stretch
here, then when I’m actually taking my hands all the way down to my feet. Alright, so 30
seconds, 3 times on each side. There’s your stretch. Make sure you’re doing both sides.
Get that good stretch in there. Keeping that back straight and stretching forward. Alright,
so the next stretch we’re gonna do is called the cat stretch. So what I’m gonna have you
do, you can place your hands flat down. Sometimes this might hurt people’s wrists, so you can
go up on your fists if you want to to keep that wrist straight. Now what you’re gonna
do is you’re gonna take your chin, and you’re gonna tuck it down towards your chest. And
you’re gonna raise up your back just like what a cat does when it stretches. You’re
going up, you’re holding that stretch, you’re breathing while you’re doing it. If you can’t
carry on a conversation while you’re stretching, then you’re not doing it right. You don’t
want to hold your breath. So bring it up, nice deep breath in and out, 30 second stretch.
Alright. The next one I’m gonna have you do is called the prayer stretch. And so what
you’re gonna do is you’re gonna bring out your arms and you’re gonna roll back onto
your heels and you’re gonna sit down and you’re gonna bring your body all the way down. And
so this is gonna be a big stretch, and what you’re gonna do if you’re not feeling much
of a stretch there, pull your arms forward and hold them down and then come back. And
your gonna get some shoulder stretch in there too, that should stretch out your whole back.
Make sure you keep your head down, not like me, and just relax that body. And that’s gonna
be 30 seconds, 3 times. Alright. Now the last one I have for you is called a pelvic tilt.
This is one that you’re probably gonna hear a lot more because a lot of exercises that
you’re gonna do you wanna put your pelvis into a tilted position, a posterior position
which means “back to the ground.” So what you’re basically gonna do is you’re gonna
imagine that you’re taking your belly button and you’re pushing it down to the ground.
So if you can see, my hips are actually going down. I’m trying to flatten my back all the
way down. If you put your hands underneath you, you can feel there’s a little curve in
there. And what you want to do is you want to feel yourself pushing down into your hand.
Same thing, you want to still be able to breathe while you’re doing it. So you’re gonna hold
it. This one you don’t have to hold for 30 seconds, hold it for about 3-5 seconds. Then
relax and push down again. Alright, there you have it. THose were your back flexion
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