Topics reviewed in this article:
- Hamstring Stretch
- Hip flexion Stretch
- Side Rotation/ Elongation Stretch
- Abduction and External Rotation Stretch
- Ankle Dorsiflexion Stretch
- Hip External Rotation Stretch
1. Hamstring Stretch
You want her thigh pointing to the ceiling. Bring her shin bone (top of lower leg) straight as possible towards the ceiling. Rest leg on your shoulder. Do a slow, steady and gentle stretch for 30 seconds and repeat until your child has loosened.
The hamstring stretch lengthens the largest muscle on the back of the leg. It can easily be contracted in kids with Cerebral Palsy. Stretching the hamstring can either delay or prevent a surgical correction. If the muscle becomes too tight, it can lead to a potential postural abnormalities and potential scoliosis.
2. Hip flexion Stretch
This exercise stretches out the hips and lower back. Bring the knees to the chest for 30 – 60 seconds. Watch for symmetry. Sometimes one knee is higher than the other. Further stretching can loosen muscles and correct positioning issues. If that is the case, a yearly hip x-ray may be recommended by your therapist or doctor.
3.Side Rotation/ Elongation Stretch
This particular stretch opens up the side of the trunk to lengthen the side and align the spine properly. It also loosens the spinal muscles and promotes better breathing.
4. Abduction and External Rotation Stretch
That particular stretch is stretching your inner groin area to promote proper hip alignment and muscle length. This stretch helps to keep the knees apart while walking. You can complete this stretch either with one leg at a time or two. If you do this stretch with both legs, the stretch is more intense and effective.
5. Ankle Dorsiflexion Stretch
This exercise stretches the calf muscles and helps to keep the ankle down while walking. This stretch also can be used to loosen the ankle muscles before putting AFO’s (braces) on before standing or walking.
6. Hip External Rotation Stretch
The Hip External Rotation Stretch is to maintain optimal hip alignment. It helps improve turn out while standing and walking when kids are scissoring and crossing their legs.
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