Intentionally moving more throughout the day or implementing a stand-up work station is one of the most proactively potent things you can do to potentiate better overall health; but especially to the neuro-musculo-skeletal system.
We see patients do this all the time and then rave about the difference it has made; only regretting not doing it sooner.
If for whatever reason, movement modifications like the stand up desk is an obstacle, mobilization techniques like the one demonstrated below (a personal favorite & go-to) can work wonders towards opening up those hip flexors & lengthening those shortened adductors.
Movement Monday: AP Lunge
November 4, 2019 in Chiropractic, Running, Sports
Tagged adductors, balance, functional movement, groin, hip flexors, injury, injury prevention, mobilization, pain, Running, sitting, stability, strength, stretching, training, warm up, workout
To stretch or not to stretch?
Static stretch PRE-workout is somewhat antiquated as more has been learned about the physiological effects of the stretch and hold technique. (Check out our article from way back on further insight into what happens to the body when we do stretch.) It is more of a routine or habit based practice at this point; something that was done for years, so it is now fitness gospel.
However, we need to remember to continue to question everything. Even something as arbitrary as stretching. Be open to unlearning in order to experience relearning and a functional evolution.
The “dynamic stretch” or “warm-up” is the better suited pre-performance activity. But try to resist the temptation to mindlessly go through the motion here as well. This activity can be performed as a barometer to your starting point and potential short comings (and thus an area to work on); as well as a solid hip-flexor elongating, glute engaging & cerebellum (balance & muscle coordination) activating “dynamic stretch” to implement.
Check it out:
October 14, 2019 in Health & Wellness, Running, Sports
Tagged balance, cerebellum, coordination, dynamic stretch, fitness, glutes, hip flexor, injury prevention, muscle, psoas, Running, static stretch, stretch, stretches, stretching, warm up