People who sit, run, bike, or spend a lot of time bent over. People with back pain, hip pain, buttock pain.
Muscles that flex the hip: Psoas Major, Iliacus, Rectus Femoris, Tensor Fasciae Latae, Gluteus Medius and Minimus, Sartorius, and the Adductor group. Continue reading
As discussed in previous posts “Sitting in Chairs” and “Hamstring Stretch,” many people spend a lot of time with a rounded back. It’s hard to think of an occupation that doesn’t require continuous bending over throughout the day. Whether you sit or stand at a desk, perform physical labor, look after small children, play sports—most activities induce you to lean forward at some point in some way. While there’s nothing wrong with this, the act of bending forward or hunching over is often the cause of chronic pain for people who have been doing it the same way for a long, long time. I’m going to share a few ways to help change things up and give your sad back muscles a break. Continue reading
It’s easy to find out what plantar fasciitis is by just googling it, but it can be difficult to wade through the multitude of devices, orthotics, medications, exercises, and other means by which people attempt to alleviate their foot pain. I’m going to share with you some of what I find to be the most impactful tools for plantar fasciitis pain. They tend to be great to use for the majority of musculoskeletal conditions from the feet to the hips (barring tendon ruptures and bone fractures), but it’s always best to get the opinion of your health care provider if you aren’t sure whether something is safe for you to do. Continue reading
People with back pain, hip pain, muscle cramps in the back of their legs, knee pain, people who bend over with a rounded back, people who sit often—especially in a slumped position. Continue reading
Most of us “know” that we ought to sit with “good posture,” but despite the ample opportunity for practice, we tend to allow ourselves to remain in more familiar positions, like crossing our legs and various forms of slouching. A couple reasons for this can be that we actually don’t know how we ought to sit differently, or it feels like too much effort to stay in good alignment for long especially when trying to concentrate on the task before us. If these excuses hold true for you as they have for me, then hopefully you will find some enlightenment in what I have to share. Continue reading
People with pain or tightness in their groin or the inside of the thigh, and/or the glutes, hip, low back, IT-band, hamstrings, or knees. Continue reading
Here is something to do when you get a muscle cramp and a few considerations to help prevent calf cramps.
Our feet are our foundation. Anything affecting their ability to function will have an effect higher up. So taking care of our feet is equivalent to caring for our whole body. I can summarize what I’ve learned so far about keeping feet healthy in two words: go barefoot. Continue reading
This is a fun, easy stretch for people with pain or tightness in their back, hips, glutes, IT-band, or knee. It’s also great for anyone who does a lot of sitting, standing, running, or cycling. Continue reading