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Self Care – Stiff and Slow When Rising From Seated Position

Client Description Use the arms of the chair to help push yourself out of the chair and keep your head back. As your head drops forward, you will find that your back feels more fragile and painful. Avoid sitting with your knees above your hips. Having your knees flexed at more than 90 degrees will …

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Self Care – Pain Along One Side of the Low Back

Avoid spending long periods with your hips flexed. This sleeping position, with the pillow between the legs, is great for relieving hip and low back pain that comes from the gluteal muscles but makes this pain along the low back worse. Driving, working at your desk, and other seated positions should be avoided for extended …

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Pain Along One Side of the Low Back

People with this pain run their hand up and down along one side of their low back and say that it hurts there. They often say that it hurts when they get up from sleep, after a drive or some other activity where the hip is flexed for extended periods. When this trigger point becomes more …

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Self Care – Back is out but it hurts in the front

Groin and abdominal pain can be an indicator of serious internal organ problems. See your doctor and be gentle with anything you do for self-care. Warm up and limit your range of motion in kicking. The back-end of the swing over-stretches this muscle and the forward reach tend to drive this into spasm. Avoid rhythmic …

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Therapist Notes – Iliopsoas Complex (Deep Abdominals)

How therapists approach the iliopsoas complex is highly opinionated. Its impact on posture, digestion, emotions and much more is fodder for lengthy bodywork discussions. Even after 30 years, I’ve learned more by putting together these illustrations and posts. I find that craniostructural work is always the first step for lasting relief, followed by balancing the …

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Sharp Pain Across Top of Hips

These people complain of sharp pain across the low back when getting out of bed, out of a car, or standing from a chair. They may also be slow to rise from a seated position. People with this condition also tend to walk and stand with their hips thrust back and their shoulders forward to accommodate the tight psoas major muscles. This …

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Functional Anatomy – Deep Abdominals

Deep Abdominals Deep abdominals, or the iliac muscles, connect vertebrae of the lower back and pelvis to the upper femur. They are the strongest flexors of the hip. The iliopsoas also laterally flexes the trunk. These muscles are complex, and their functions can be strongly influenced by the balance of the muscles around them. When …

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Back is out but it hurts in the front

People complain of a stiff and/or painful back but it is most painful near the fold of the hip in the front. They move stiffly and tend to have other back problems. The low back has flattened and become stiff. It may or may not have pain that feels like they are fragile and may move in …

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Stiff and Slow When Rising From Seated Position

These people complain of stiffness on rising from a chair or getting out of the car. The longer that they sit, the stiffer that they get. They are often stiff in the morning, when rising from bed, but speak of it like everyone has it. They often avoid being seated in stiff positions for long car rides, …

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