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Hip, Gluteal & Piriformis Muscles Stretch; Standing

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Piriformis, Gemellus Superior, Gemellus Inferior, Obturator Internus, Obturator Externus & Quadratus Femoris



Stand in front of a chair or surface of approximate chair height.

Place the the outside of the foot of the gluteal muscle of the leg to be stretched on the chair in front of you.

Relax your leg and drop your knee (of the leg being stretched) towards the chair and carefully lean forwards until you feel a stretch within your gluteal region.


Physiotherapy, Injury Prevention & Fitness Recommendations:

  • Avoid bouncing when the muscle is cold
  • Stop if the stretch causes pain
  • Perform the stretch in a safe environment to avoid the risk of a fall or injury
  • Recommended stretch for use within a warm-up or cool down
  • Tightness around the hips may contribute to biomechanical injuries, lower limb problems or low back pain
  • As instructed by a skilled physiotherapist, the stretch is beneficial for injury prevention, to aid recovery from specific injuries, enhancement of the injury healing process, elongates tight muscles, reduces soft tissue tightness and alleviates joint stiffness.
  • This stretch is useful for piriformis syndrome, snapping hip syndrome & trochanteric bursitis


Please feel free to contact the Manchester G4 Clinic to speak to a member of the team for any questions that you may have.

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