As a physiotherapist, I get many of my patients to stretch their inner thighs more regularly. Whether they are coming to me with knee pain, hip pain, or just tightness in the inner thigh, most of these complaints can be linked back to the inner thigh due to its stabilizing effect on the leg. For most people who are exercising regularly, your inner thigh will become very tight due to the exercises themselves or from day-to-day activities such as sitting at a desk. This tightness can lead to a lot of pain and discomfort around the hip region and the knee. Thankfully, thigh stretches can help!
For most, spending 3 to 5-minutes every night stretching your inner thighs will be more than enough to loosen up these tight muscles and allow you to wake up feeling less tight and ready to tackle the day ahead. Here are my favorite static (hold the stretch) and dynamic (move through the stretch) thigh stretches.
Stretching Safety Tips
Before we get into the stretches, it’s important to point out that you’re aiming for a gentle pulling feeling in each stretch. The stretches should not be painful. If they do cause you to feel pain, you’ll need to modify the stretch. Take it nice and slow and build into these stretches more and more each day.