LEVEL l . . Stretching is held 30 seconds , usually 2 to 3 reps. You should not experience increased pain with stretching exercises. Back off and stretch to the edge. Also, you should not get cramping when stretching.
Warm up muscles by biking.walking 10 -15 minutes before stretching
Initiate core stabilization with each stretching exercise.Breathing out during the stretch, breathing in to relax. stretch time 10 to 12 minutes
Level 1 Hip Abduction Stretch
Place left foot on right knee with the right hand pull the left knee over until a stretch is felt in the left buttocks. DO NOT OVERSTRETCH. Hold for 30 seconds Alternate legs for 30 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times.
Level 1 Hamstring Stretch Supine
Place belt around the foot and pull the foot towards you and push the heel to the ceiling. Straighten the knee and raise the leg slowly, stop when the knee starts to bend. It is not how high you go but how straight . Straighten the knee and drive the heel towards the ceiling. Hold for 30 seconds.Alternate legs 2 reps.
Level 1 Hamstring Stretch Sitting
Sit with left leg straight, hang right leg over edge of bed. place belt around ankle if unable to grasp ankle and keep knee straight with both hands. Take belt around the ankle and tighten with both hands, walk the hands down the belt until the knee starts to bend. Hold the stretch 30 seconds. If able to grasp ankle with both hands and keep knee straight hold for 30 seconds. Alternate legs . Repeat 2 reps
Level 1 Yoga Childs Pose
Get on hands and knees, bend at the waist slide hands forward, try to sit on heels.Lengthening the spine. breathe out and pull belly button to spine.Hold for 30 seconds Relax 10 seconds and breathe in. Repeat 3 reps
Level 1 Trunk Rotation
Level 1 Dog/Cat Stretch on 4’s
Get into a quadruped position, shoulders over the hands, hips over the knees. Inhale to prepare, exhale and stabilize the pelvis, pulling the pubic bone to the ribs and pull the belly button towards the spine(core stabilization).Hold 10 seconds. Repeat 10 reps
Level 1 Side Bending W/ tubing
Level 1 Hip Abduction Stretch Sitting
Sit in a chair and bend forward at the waist, keeping the back straight with the head on the shoulders not the chest. Grasp right leg both hands and pull towards opposite shoulder on the knee until you feel stretch in buttocks/hip Hold for 30 seconds. breathe out pull the belly button the spine Alternate legs Repeat 3 reps
Level 1Hip Rotation Stretch Sitting
Sit in a chair and bend forward at the waist keeping the back straight with the head on the shoulders not on the chest.Cross the right leg over the left leg with the ankle above the knee. Push down on the ankle and pull on the knee. breathe out pull the belly button to the spine Hold for 30 seconds. breathe in and relax for 10 seconds. Alternate legs repeat 3 reps
Level 1 Stretch Pectoralis Musculature Standing
Level 1 Pectoralis Stretch Standing
Insert attachent shown in picture above or take small piece of rope or cloth and tie it around the tubing and insert in door opening and close the door to hold the tubing. Walk forward with arms straight until stretch is felt in anterior chest. learn forward to achieve greater stretch. Hold for 30 seconds while breathing out and pulling belly button to the spine, rest 10 seconds breathing in. Repeat 3 reps.