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Hip & Thigh Stretching Exercises

All exercises should be repeated 30 times and held for 10 seconds. Two sessions per day are recommended.

This information is not intended to replace specific instructions from your physician. 

Check with your doctor to make sure these instructions apply to your case. 

  • Hip adductions

    hip adductions illustration

    • Stand with side facing wall.
    • Cross the leg behind the other leg and toward the wall.
    • Bend the forward knee slightly and lean your trunk toward the wall until you feel a stretch on the outside of the hip.

    hip adductions lying on side illustration

    • Lie on side, with lower leg behind upper leg as shown.
    • Keeping hip on floor, use arms to press trunk upright.

    hip adductions standing up illustration

    • Stand with side facing wall as shown.
    • Lean hip toward wall, while leaning trunk away from wall.

    hip adduction rotating illustration

    • Stand with side facing wall.
    • Cross the leg behind the other leg and toward the wall.
    • Twist trunk toward the wall, using hands for support as shown.
    • Bend the forward knee slightly until you feel a stretch on the outside of the hip (see arrow).

    hip adduction lying on table illustration

    • Lie on side, with upper leg behind lower leg as shown.
    • Allow the upper leg to sag downward toward floor.
    • Do on floor for mild stretch, or over edge of bench as shown for greater stretch.