Ambulatory Stretching: Hip Flexor Stretches
Duchenne progresses in a proximal to distal pattern, meaning muscles closest to the core of the body, including the muscles of the hips and pelvis, become weaker first. Regularly stretching the hips and pelvis may help with comfort and body positioning. This video demonstrates how to stretch the hip flexors, or the muscles in the front part of the hips, with an ambulatory person living with Duchenne.
Disclaimer: This is a video of stretching exercises for mobility in someone with Duchenne. Stretching should not be painful. DO NOT continue to do the stretch if it causes pain, you notice difficulty breathing, or discomfort. Each stretch/position should be held for 30 seconds and can be repeated up to 3 times.
Benefits of these exercises vary: they may help to keep the joint mobile within its available range, may increase your tolerance to stretch, may improve circulation to the muscle, may decrease discomfort, and may give a feeling of well-being.
Consult your Physical Therapist to ask if these are appropriate for you.