- Stand and touch wall or stationary object for balance. Grasp
top ankle or forefoot behind. Pull ankle or forefoot to rear
- Straighten hip by moving knee backward. Hold stretch. Repeat
with opposite side.
- Alternatively, hip may be initially extended, then ankle
can be slowly pulled towards rear end. With either technique,
do not allow knee to flare outward to side. If low back is sensitive
to hyperextension, hip should be postured in more neutral position
than demonstrated. If knee is not completely flexed, Iliopsoas
may be stretched; Quadriceps
will not be stretched significantly. See Standing
Tibialis Anterior Stretch for similar exercise which can
be combined with this stretch and performed simultaneously. If
range of motion prohibits grasping of ankle or foot try Standing
Quadriceps Stretch with towel.