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GeoffreyLevens wrote:Laniu, what do think of figure 4 leg stretches. The do stretch what they are supposed to but seems to me they also put side stretch or rotational force into knee ligaments which is not a good thing long run. Is this a concern. Several "experts" have assured me this is a non-issue but after 2 surgeries (snowboarding) I would like some reassurance. Or not! I have been avoiding them as I can visually see my lower leg of the crossed over one, being torqued out of alignment w/ the thigh...
GeoffreyLevens wrote:Thank you. Knee will tolerate it short term but i am more concerned about long term, with repeated application. It is very similar motion to what is done by folks sitting in "full lotus" w/ feet on tops of thighs, legs crossed. If done properly, all the rotational forces are supposed to be in the ball and socket hip joint. But I know of at least 2 people who thought they were doing just fine with it until one day stepping off a curb or some such, their knee blew out sideways necessitating major surgical rebuild. So maybe I will pass thank you, just to be sure I am still up and about in my 80's and hopefully well beyond that!
GeoffreyLevens wrote:Ahhh, thank you, good tips. I have been putting the "cross" leg flat on floor, sitting facing down, and the other straight out behind me and then leaning forward. Works pretty well but your method is indeed a deeper stretch. Excellent.
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