The piriformis is a usual suspect in sciatica and hip pain, two of the most common reasons people come into the clinic. Its location superficial to the sciatic nerve makes it especially prone to creating or, more commonly, exacerbating sciatica.
The forward lunge stretch provides relief to the hip flexors which tend to be shortened in people that spend a lot of time in a chair. Lengthening the psoas has an added benefit of alleviating low back pain.
The forward bend is a staple of most yoga sessions, and for good reason! This movement is great for warming up the legs, hips, and low back while also bringing awareness to the spine from head to tail.
Side bridge is a simple and effective exercise for core stability. The core transfers force from the lower extremities to the upper extremities and vice-a-versa. People are often surprised by how poorly they perform this one.