Hip Mobility: Treatment of External Rotation

by Dr. Brock Vosberg on August 1, 2014

Hopefully everyone has mobile hips by this point, as July kind of became Team Chiro’s “Hip Mobility Month.” This is our last post on hip mobility (for now), and it features the external hip rotators. These muscles are located on the side of the hip, and are usually a tender spot for people. If you find those boney knobs (posterior superior iliac spine) in your low back and move down roughly 2 inches and to the outside 3 inches you should be in the general vicinity of the external hip rotators. One of these muscles that you may have heard of is the piriformis muscle. When this muscle becomes overly tight or inflamed it can cause a condition called piriformis syndrome, which leads to sciatica type symptoms. If you are experiencing tight external hip rotators, you are not alone. It is not difficult for us to shorten these little muscles during our day to day activities. Think about when you drove today. Did your left knee rest against the door side panel? Or are your legs crossed while you are reading this? Those are postures promoting an imbalance of hip external rotation compared to internal rotation which will likely lead to tightness. [click to continue…]

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Hip Mobility: IT Band

by Dr. Brock Vosberg on July 25, 2014

Recall the last few blogs have been focused on evaluation and treatment of the hip. Last week, Dr. Nate talked about the importance of hip flexor mobility. This week, our hip mobility series will be spot lighting the iliotibial band or IT Band. This thick band of dense, irregular connective tissue is known well, and feared by all who own a foam roller. It is found on the side of the hip, and continues down along the side of the thigh, just past the knee. When the IT Band becomes too tight, either the hip or knee can fall victim to its wrath. [click to continue…]

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Treatment of Hip Immobility

July 17, 2014

During our last selection, we took some time to analyze a couple of different screens and how they can aid in showing us which muscles and fascia to stretch. Just like in anything in life, you have to have a starting place. Micheal Jordan didn’t start by playing NBA basketball. Instead, he had to work […]

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Hip Mobility: Evaluation

July 10, 2014

If you have been following our selections, last week’s post explained the impact that the thoracic spine or midback can have on the squat. Today, we will continue down the chain and assess the hip. Many authorities in the world of pain suggest that anyone with low back pain has a hip issue and anyone […]

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Thoracic Spine Mobility: Treatment

June 27, 2014

In our last post, Thoracic Spine Mobility: Evaluation, we looked at how to properly evaluate thoracic spine mobility. Using the Wall Angel we were able to identify deficits in mobility, but how do we go about treating these deficits? Let me first state that the proper treatment plan will be dependent on your doctor’s recommendations based […]

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Thoracic Spine Mobility: Evaluation

June 19, 2014

Continuing our series of blog posts on “Breaking Down the Squat,” we now look at key deficits that are preventing us from performing a proper squat. We will be showing you some of the functional screens we use in our clinic, and how they aid in the evaluation process. Dr. Nate and I were always […]

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Breaking Down the Squat: Mobility Issues Part II

June 12, 2014

Within the previous post, Breaking Down the Squat: Mobility Issues Part I, proper squatting form was discussed. Words and images are nice to see, but what should be important to you is the movement. Today, the squatting movement will be assessed. A volunteer has allowed us to use their video in order to provide you […]

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Breaking Down the Squat: Mobility Issues Part I

June 5, 2014

When you hear squat, what do you think about? Is it weight lifting, going to the bathroom, or is it going from a seated position to a standing position? Squatting is a movement that most associate only with weight lifting; however, this movement is important for all of our daily functions. Understanding the proper squatting […]

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Stiff Neck Remedies for Frequent Flyers

February 28, 2014

Traveling is a pain in the neck. Whether by plane, train, or automobile, long trips are often the source of a sore neck brought on by falling asleep in an awkward position. Case in point, I recently fell asleep on a flight to Houston and awoke with my neck bent forward and my head leaning […]

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Exercising With Your Baby

February 11, 2014

In just four short months of parenthood, I have learned that I no longer have a personal schedule. Instead, I am subject to my son’s schedule. Owen decides when and if we will be late, or whether we will be attending at all, based on his need to eat, sleep, and…uh, other “duties.” One area […]

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