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Entries in lumbar spine (2)

Monday
Sep092013

Influencing Posture

Last week, we examined how posture and position can affect one’s movement. As discussed in that article, Influence of Posture 101, excessive lumbar extension and anterior pelvic tilt alter the expression of hip flexion during movements like the squat (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Comparison of hip flexion with two different postures. A) Excessive lumbar extension and anterior pelvic tilt; B) Neutral spine and pelvic alignment.

This article details specific techniques, stretches, and exercises to address issues related to postural and positional, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and motor control factors that can contribute to a posture of excessive lumbar extension and anterior pelvic tilt.

Read time: 15-20 min

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Wednesday
Aug212013

Influence of Posture 101

“Tight” hamstrings afflict many people and can have significant effects on how they perform a number of movements. Today’s post will demonstrate why stretching the hamstrings may not be the solution if you experience tight hamstrings. We’ll focus on the influence of posture and position on the state of our muscles.

Mobility limitations often present themselves as a sensation of “tightness” in certain areas of the body when performing certain exercises. The go-to approach for many is to stretch the area that feels tight. However, this approach does not address other factors that may contribute to tight muscles. As a result, after weeks, months, or even years of stretching, many individuals experience little, if any, relief from their tight muscles.

Learn more about the influence of excessive lumbar extension and anterior pelvic tilt.

Read time: 5-7 min

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