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The Butterfly Stretch

I was recently interviewed and quoted about my knowledge in performing the butterfly - a stretch for the hip adductor muscles. Check out the highlights below:

The good news is there is no right or wrong way to do the butterfly stretch. According to Sara Mikulsky, DPT, the founder of Sara Mikulsky Wellness Physical Therapy, there are different benefits to both static and dynamic adaptations.

The butterfly stretch is popular for reducing tightness in the inner thigh due to muscle overuse or compensation for the hip flexor - which is why it's a great groin stretch! You also target the hip joint, which can help improve mobility, Mikulsky said. "The butterfly should be incorporated into any exercise program that utilizes the leg muscles - additionally when running or doing other cardio exercises."

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