Movement Pattern 2: Flexion

 We are moving on to Movement Pattern 2: Flexion.  This pattern seems like you are testing an age old question…can you touch your toes?  It is a nice benchmark, but there is much more to it than that.  Look at everything that is moving to allow you to bend forward: Head/neck, shoulders, spine, hips, pelvis, knees and ankles.  All of that has to move, but also has to stabilize to keep you…

Hip Pain – Is it my hip, back, pelvis, or thigh?

Hamstring Stretch When you think about pain in your “hip”, it seems people often call any pain that is off to the side in a general area “hip pain”.  Ultimately, the actual hip joint itself is not often the source of the pain.  Pain that is NOT directly on the side could be coming from your pelvis, butt, back, or leg.  We can address these concerns in another post.  Pain that IS directly on the…

Low Back Pain – Muscle Strain Part II

Welcome back to the follow-up post on muscle strain & low back pain.  As stated in my last post, muscles are primarily response organs.  They react to the stresses placed upon them.  If you use them poorly with bad mechanics, if you overwork them, if they are weak and other surrounding muscles/joints/connective tissue has to compensate, your body WILL break down.  You hope you are not too severely injured and…

Poor posture…what you can do

From driving around in our cars to sitting at a desk or typing on a computer, we spend WAY too much time slumped forward.  Everything about modern technology has made our lives less physically demanding.  Overall, this is a good thing; however, we were made to be active.  As a general rule, you should never stand still for more than 10 minutes and sit no longer than 15-20 minutes. When…

Arch and Plantar Fascia Pain

Have you ever been on your feet all day and noticed that the heel or arch of your foot aches?  Have you ever gotten up first thing in the morning or after sitting down for a while and the first couple of steps you take are very painful?  Is this pain localized in your heel, arch, or just behind the heel area?  You may be suffering from a condition called…