What’s wrong with this picture?
The model is obviously well sculpted and hopefully will paid for the toll that this exercise will be taking on her nervous system overtime. Take a close look at the picture above on the left. Look carefully and what do you notice? Do you see it?
This exercise is neurologically incongruent. Her right arm is flexed at the same time as her right hip. When does this ever happen in gait?
Do you remember crossed extensor responses or tonic neck reflexes? If not, see here and here. When we walk the right arm and left leg or flexed while the left arm and right leg are extended. During a tonic neck response, and that is rotated to one side the upper and lower extremity (upper greater than lower) should extend on that side with flexion on the contralateral side.
During a tonic neck reflex, the head is rotated to one side the upper and lower extremity (upper greater than lower) should extend on that side with flexion on the contralateral side. In the picture above her torso is rotated to the left while looking straight ahead which is effectively right neck rotation and her extremities are flexed on that side.
In the picture above her torso is rotated to the left while looking straight ahead which is effectively right neck rotation and her extremities are flexed on that side.
Who thinks of these things? Certainly not folks that are paying attention to appropriate neurology and physiology! Oh yeah, and the ad was for massage cream. Jeez…
Do you treat runners? Do you treat folks with knee pain? Patellar tracking issues? Do you treat the quadriceps? Do you realize that the vastus lateralis, in closed chain, is actually an INTERNAL rotator of the thigh (not a typo), and many folks have a loss of internal rotation of the hip? Do you give them “IT band stretches” to perform?
In this short video, Dr Ivo demonstrates some needling techniques for the quads and offers some (entertaining) clinical commentary on the IT band. A definite view for those of you who have needling in their clinical tool box.
When was the last time you thought about the pairing of your glutes and your quadratus? This is an important mechanism, especially when ascending and descending stairs,
Here is a great exercises to help with that:
Welcome to Monday and News You Can Use. Got Arm swing? This exercise, borrowed from Shirley Saurmann can be a great adjunct to your rehab program, dispensed with some muscle physiology : )
Do it on your self
Try it on a client
Teach someone else
Welcome to News You Can Use. Listen as Dr Ivo explains some twists in the standing tripod exercise.
Try it. Use it with your clients. Teach someone else
Welcome to Monday folks and news you can use! Have a patient with weak hip abductors? Here is another great closed chain gluteus medius/ Maximus/minimums exercise we utilize all the time called “"hip helicopters” Try it in yourself, then try it on your patients and clients, then teach others : )