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Body Regions

The Postural Structural Biomechanical (PSB) Model – It’s Time To Let It Go!

A different kind of blog post today. Today, I am going to tell you a bit of a story of change, one where I had to confront the difficult reality that what I knew and did was not complete and was not helping my patients for the reasons I thought it was. I had to confront my belief in the Postural / Structural / Biomechanical Model and let it go! It's a difficult to story to tell so I have enlisted the help of Queen Elsa to help me tell it. Part 1 - Life Before The Change The snow glows white on the mountain tonight Not a footprint to be seen A kingdom of isolation And it looks like I'm the queen I used to be part of a very large community of physical therapists and other health and fitness professionals - in fact, most of the world think the way I used to. This is where posture was important, where making sure you had the right alignment was crucial, where activation of muscles in certain sequences was essential, and where if you weren't stacked the right way, your biomechanics would lead to pain and injury and brokenness and suffering. My whole theoretical model was based on these beliefs and I taught them to many others (I am sorry for doing that!) - it is important to acknowledge that I was doing the best I thought I could to help these people and have spent an ungodly amount of... Read More

Hip Mobility / Flexibility / Stability Drills 2 – Scoops v2

This drill is is another variation of the Scoops exercise - again, it is a sciatic nerve mobilisation. Keep the movement primarily in the hips and then reach for the feet. This will ensure your sciatic nerve will get a good mobilisation. Don't hold the position - there shouldn't be any pins and needles, numbeness or pain when you do these. Just move through and keep working on improving your range slowly. Again, follow the 30secs rule - do 30secs and retest whatever movement you are using. If you get improvement, do 30secs more, if not, just stop and move on. Thanks to Rom Riad from Live Active Personal Training for modelling. Have a read of the theory post here or below the video. ***Remember the competition*** post a video on youtube, instagram or facebook and tag me on it - Do all 10 in a one shot sequence and if you produce the best video, I will give you a free 1hr Skype consultation worth $180. So the upcoming 10 exercises will publish over the next 2 weeks are to help improve how your hips move. These are some of the most commonly prescribed exercises I prescribe. This post is about explaining why I give these exercises and the principles behind the process. You can take these principles and apply them to the many different exercises you do. This list of 10 are not exhaustive nor even the BEST because for some of you, these exercises won't do much...but... Read More

Hip Mobility / Flexibility / Stability Drills 1 – See-Saw Walks / Scoops v1

This is a great exercise for getting the Sciatic nerve warmed up as well as learning how to dissociate your hips from your back. Be sure to bend from the hips to load up the legs before allowing your back to bend. It is ok to let your back and neck round when reaching because it will mobilise the spinal cord. If you are doing this for stability, remember the 3 points of contact with a stick behind you - back of head, mid back and tailbone should all be in the one line. This exercise requires mobility, flexibility and stability so it is a great warm up drill. Really flexible people will find this exercise easy - try to stay square through the hips and keep the flexion at the hips only. Remember: this is about the neural system first of all. Keep it pain free and do 30secs at a time. Thanks to Vicki Smart from Peacock Dreams - Yoga with Vicki Smart for modelling. Remember the key points as per the theory post here or below the video ***Remember the competition*** post a video on youtube, instagram or facebook and tag me on it - Do all 10 in a one shot sequence and if you produce the best video, I will give you a free 1hr Skype consultation worth $180. Here is the text from the Theory Post So the upcoming 10 exercises will publish over the next 2 weeks are to help improve how your hips move.... Read More

Hip Mobility / Flexibility / Stability Drills – The Theory

So the upcoming 10 exercises will publish over the next 2 weeks are to help improve how your hips move. These are some of the most commonly prescribed exercises I prescribe. This post is about explaining why I give these exercises and the principles behind the process. You can take these principles and apply them to the many different exercises you do. This list of 10 are not exhaustive nor even the BEST because for some of you, these exercises won't do much...but many of you, it will make a difference. My post yesterday explained a bit about them...this has a lot more information... ***COMPETITION INFORMATION BELOW***            

Hip Mobility / Flexibility / Stability Drills – A Free Series

Just a quick post to let you know that from next week (Aug 17), I will be posting on Monday to Friday for 2 weeks with my favourite hip drills. The general philosophy has always been to help the brain and the body work together...therefore, we will be doing some nerve-loving, some "stretches", but mainly lots of loaded movement. Each exercise will come with a video explaining how to do the exercise. Thanks must go to Vicki Smart from Peacock Dreams Yoga and Rom Riad from Live Active Personal Training for being great models. So please sign up to the blog to ensure you get each post!   For the theory behind these exercises, please go here...  
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