One of the areas of the lower body that is frequently tight is the external hip. Also included attached to this muscle group are the outside upper and lower leg. This outside of the leg has connective tissue (tendons) running down the leg from the hip to the tibia, commonly known as the shin. The entire muscle/ tendon/ connective tissue group is often referred to as the iliotibial band. The actual ilitibial band is a tendon running from tensia fascialata, a small muscle on the top, front portion of the hip, to right outside the lateral aspect of the knee.
- If you cannot sit up straight while stretching your groin, sit with your back against a wall. This helps tremendously, since you do not have to tense muscles just to sit upright, and you can concentrate on relaxing the groin. If you have trouble with the above stretch, refer to the Prop Stretches page for starters.
- When doing the above stretches, you will first feel the stretching sensation in whatever muscle group is tighter. After this muscle group lets go, you will then feel the opposing muscle group stretching. Next, after the opposing group lets go, you will feel the original muscle group tight, but you will be lower in your stretch. Carry on, and you will notice this in all the stretches: first one muscle group lets go, then the opposing group, then the first, so on and so forth.
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