stretching

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. Hip flexor muscles include: Iliopsoas Psoas Major Iliacus Rectus Femoris Tensor Fascia Lata Sartorius Gluteus medius (anterior section) This …

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Self Care – Pain in the Sacrum or Crest of the Hip While Sleeping

If possible, discontinue running and walks on uneven ground for a short while until the muscle has been relieved and the hip is stabilized. Obese clients benefit from weight loss and light exercise. Some clients have taken on exercise that is too intense or shifts from one leg to the other, which aggravates the condition. …

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Self Care – Forward-Head Posture

Forward-Head Posture (FHP) is also known as iHunch or iPosture because it is so often created by texting. Keep your hips against the back of the chair while sitting for long periods. The guy on this end of the picture is the worst but it isn’t just that his head is forward. The woman next …

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Self Care Tuck Tilt Turn Lift, Correct Forward-Head Posture

Tuck, Tilt, Turn, and Lift is an excellent exercise to correct Forward-Head Posture. This exercise also relieves Thoracic Outlet problems like swollen hands in the morning. Also, this process will reveal stiffness and pain that will help you more accurately target your neck problems. This series of stretches will help you sleep if you do …

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Self Care – Sternocleidomastoid

The sternocleidomastoid is complex and produces a lot of different symptoms. This Self-Care post is used for several different posts about specific problems. Managing this muscle has a lot of great benefits from calming your anxiety to headaches around the brow, headache in the forehead or getting rid of a nagging cough. This looks so …

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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

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. Work to change positions regularly during prolonged immobility such as long drives. Clients that cannot avoid pain during the long drives will keep a tennis ball in …

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Self Care – Multifidi and Quadratus Lumborum

Activities to avoid: Avoid the teetering exercises listed in the post on this trigger point. This includes things like vacuuming, sweeping, raking, working on a low counter, or doing dishes. Also, avoid exercises where you bend forward like moving boxes or picking up grandkids. Cycling usually aggravates the low back as well. Avoid the activities …

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Self Care – Pain in the Front of Shoulder When Lifting Arm

This typically comes in one of two postures: rounded shoulders with short tight pecs and shoulder blades that lay close to the back or high and tight shoulder with overstretched pecs and shoulder blades that wing out. Working on a low desk with a laptop can also lead to the hooked shoulders and a short, …

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