Leg Stretches

Leg Stretches: The major muscles here are the quads, hamstrings, glutes, iliotibial band, abductors (outer thigh), psoas, adductors (inner thigh) and calves.
We're all looking to be free of pain and enjoy a healthy range of movement in hips. Most upper leg muscles are attached to the hip girdle. If any of these muscles are tight, they will pull on the hip girdle, perhaps causing poor alignment of lower spine and/or pain. This will diminish your ability to move well whether it be around the house or running a marathon. By doing stretches, we are taking good care of our bodies.

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Illustrated Stretching Exercises

ITB Stretch



Do you have pain down the side of your thigh?
This pic shows an easy iliotibial band stretch.

2 Minute Leg Stretch VIDEO




Other useful LEG STRETCHES include:


Glute Stretch : Check this link if you have pain in the lower back & butt.

Quad Stretch : Check this link if you have pain front thigh & hip.

Hamstring Stretches : Check this link if you have pain lower back & knee.

Calf Stretch : Check this link if you have pain in lower leg & heel.

Psoas Stretch : Check this link


Proficient walking, running and general movement requires easy mobility of the legs. Doing regular stretches increases your range of movement and releases tension and pain in your legs. If you don’t as yet know which muscle in particular is causing the problem, by doing all the stretches here your will have a good indication. As you stretch for example your QUADS muscle in the left leg and then the right, you’ll notice the difference.


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