Objectives

  • To release tightness in the back, hip and chest muscles.
  • Opens the body in preparation for strengthening exercises.

Targeted Muscles

  • Pectoral Musculature
  • Para spinal Musculature
  • Abdominal Musculature
  • Gluteal Musculature
  • IT Band

How to Perform

1Begin by lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Arms extended flat out from shoulders.
2Take a deep breath in and on your exhale slowly lower your knees to the right as you look over your left shoulder.
3As you inhale, pull your knees back to center. As you slowly exhale, lower the knees to the other side.

Alternative Exercise Suggestions for Patients with an ICD

1Keep arms no higher than shoulder level and palms of the hand turned down.

Common Challenges

  • The opposite shoulder may lift from the floor. Ensure as you move from side to side, that both shoulders stay secure on the floor.
  • Avoid if painful.

Load Sets Reps Tempo Rest
n/a 1 10 Exhale knees to one side: Inhale knees to center n/a

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