Knee pain is often caused (or made worse) by weakness or tightness in the muscles and tendons that connect to the knees—specifically, the hips, glutes, hamstrings, calves, and quads,
Knee pain can be crippling. Luckily, this knee stretch can open up a range of motion and alleviate debilitating pain. The technique comes courtesy of Jill Miller, creator of Yoga Tune Up and Author of The Role Model. The stretch is one of our favorites because it can be performed by anyone anywhere. The only equipment you need is a single dish towel.
HOW TO STRETCH YOUR KNEES
Begin by folding the dish towel and placing it behind the knee, high into the joint. Set the heel onto the edge of a chair, couch, or block. Gently squeeze the knee, contracting the calf muscles and hamstrings. Repeat on the other side. This exercise works because it creates space in the knee.
You Can Also Try Standing Hamstring Stretch
The hamstrings help support the knees and hips. It’s common that a knee injury is caused by a hamstring strain, “so it’s very important that the hamstrings stay mobile and loose ” to help prevent strains.
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