Stretching Exercises for Tight Leg Muscles
If you feel like your leg muscles are tight, you may benefit from working with a physical therapist to . Your PT can show you the right exercises that you can do to help improve your overall lower extremity mobility and flexibility.
Many people suffer from tight leg muscles. A very common cause of leg tightness is due to the amount of time we spend sitting throughout the work day. As our knees are bent in this position, the muscles that flex the knee joint become used to being in this shortened position. We also tend to get a little tighter as we age and our muscles lose a bit of water content and extensibility.
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Tight leg muscles can predispose one to injury during daily and recreational activities, and it may contribute to the development of back pain, although. To prevent this, it is important to perform leg stretching exercises to loosen tight muscles.
Performing daily leg stretches is one activity that should be incorporated into your daily exercise routine. Below, several leg stretches are reviewed. These leg stretching exercises incorporate all the major muscle groups of the lower extremities.
Be sure to check in with your doctor or physical therapist before starting any exercise program.
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