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Leg Slap Pelvic Mobilization

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Self Care – Kneeling Stretch for Hip Flexors

This is one of the classic stretches for hip flexors, and for good reasons. It gives you lots of control and allows you to be very specific. Most people think of Iliopsoas as THE hip flexor. As well, hip flexor muscles include other muscles: Iliopsoas Psoas Major Iliacus Rectus Femoris Tensor Fascia Lata Sartorius Gluteus …

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Self Care – Seizing Hamstring

Avoid these perpetuating activities: If possible, discontinue running and walks on uneven ground for a short while until the muscle has been relieved and the hip is stabilized. Cycling and stair climber machines are particularly aggravating. For clients that run competitively, they generally need the patch below before heading out for a run and the …

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Self Care – Pain Down the IT Band, Extending Behind the Ankle

Here, you will find strategies for getting relief from the pain that extends down the leg. You can find more information about how people describe, activate, and aggravate this pain pattern in this other post. If possible, discontinue running and walking on uneven ground for a short while. This gives the muscle and hip joints …

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Pain Down the IT Band Extending Behind the Ankle

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. The people complain of pain down the side of the thigh. When questioned, they will often say that it extends down the calf. Understanding where the pain goes is essential. People with this gluteus minimus problem are clear that it …

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Self Care – Releasing hip trigger points with a tennis ball

This is a VERY useful home care activity for clients with chronic trigger points in the hips. This not only includes clients with hip pain but the pain that extends down the side of the leg, down the back of the leg, and seizing hamstrings. Your neuromuscular therapist can use assessment to pinpoint the spot …

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Trigger Points and The Seizing Hamstring

This is a great example of how trigger points can create a confusing referral pattern that leaves you chasing the wrong muscle. These people grab their hamstring and talk about how painful it is. They are often quite careful about not stretching their ham too aggressively. They may spasm easily when the knee is flexed to …

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