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Exercises and Stretches — Obliques

Standing Lean-Back Stomach Stretch

Posted by Judith Winer on

    Technique: Stand upright with your feet shoulder width apart Place your hands on your buttocks for support Look upwards and slowly lean backwards Keep your legs sturdy   Primary muscles: External and internal intercostals. External and internal obliques. Transversus abdominis. Rectus abdominis. Secondary muscles: Psoas major and minor. Iliacus   Injury where stretch may be useful: Abdominal muscle strain. Hip flexor strain. Iliopsoas tendonitis.   Note: Avoid this stretch if you suffer from lower back pain or if you have sustained an injury to the lower back. When performing this stretch for the first time, use caution and...

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Rising Stomach Stretch

Posted by Judith Winer on

    Technique: • Lie face down • Bring your hands close to your shoulders • Look forward • Push your body upwards with your arms keeping your hips on the ground   Primary muscles: External and internal intercostals. External and internal obliques. Transversus abdominis. Rectus abdominis. Secondary muscles: Psoas major and minor. Iliacus.   Injury where stretch may be useful: Abdominal muscle strain. Hip flexor strain. Iliopsoas tendonitis.   Note: For those who spend most of their day sitting, such as office workers or drivers, the muscles of the front of the body can become inflexible and extremely tight....

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Back Arching Stomach Stretch

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Technique: Sit on a Swiss ball Roll the ball forward slowly as you lean back Rest your back and shoulders on the ball Allow your arms to hang on each side   Primary muscles: External and internal intercostals. External and internal obliques. Transversus abdominis. Rectus abdominis. Secondary muscles: Pectoralis major and minor.   Injury where stretch may be useful: Abdominal muscle strain. Chest strain. Pectoral muscle insertion inflammation.   Note: For those who spend most of their day sitting, such as office workers or drivers, the muscles of the front of the body can become inflexible and extremely tight. When...

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