Piriformis Stretch Over Chair



The piriformis stretch stretches your hip rotator muscles. Improving the flexibility of your hip rotator muscles makes your hips feel less stiff and makes it easier for you to move your hips during your everyday activities.

Set up

Get into a comfortable position lying on your back with one leg up on a chair in front of you. Your hip and knee should both be at a 90 degree angle.


Cross your other foot over your knee so that your foot is resting on your knee. Once in position, you should feel a gentle stretch in the hip of the leg that is crossed over. If you do not, you can inch your hips closer to the chair to increase the stretch. Hold the static stretch for 30 seconds. Then relax back to the starting position.


  • You should not experience any pain with this exercise. If you do, back off on your stretch to the point where you feel stretch but not pain.
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