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Posts Tagged ‘arthritic knees’

Standing Hamstring Stretch

A common stretching exercise used to increase flexibility in the knee would be a standing hamstring stretch. This stretch can be performed using a stool to slowly increase flexibility without causing pain in arthritic knees. This stretch can be done in your house, office, or in the gym, which makes it an easy and beneficial stretch.

A standing hamstring stretch is done by placing one foot on an 18-inch platform. Stepstools work great. Leave your right foot on the floor and place your left foot on the stool with the knee bent at around 15°. Gently lean forward reaching for your left foot keeping your back straight. Continue until you feel a stretch in the back of the thigh. Hold for 20 seconds. Then alternate legs. This stretch should be repeated for 10 sets on both legs.