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Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Month

Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Month

Well, I’m a little bit late to the party but, better late than never right? Last month in April it was Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Month.   For those of you who do not know, Ankylosing Spondylitis is a form of  spinal arthritis that predominantly affects young males and carries on into adulthood. Although it is predominantly of the spine, other joints can also be affected. Common symptoms of this condition include stiffness, discomfort, chronic pain and fatigue. Cause and Treatment…

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The Banded Hip Hinge

The Banded Hip Hinge

What is a Hip Hinge? The hip hinge involves bending forwards at the hips while maintaining alignment of the spine.  Think about it sort of like turning yourself into the shape of letter L.  It is an important movement as it allows for the dissociation of movement from the hip and lumbar spine.  Without it our body has to compensate using other movements to bend such as flexing the spine, ankles or placing excessive force through the knees.  This movement…

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Understanding Hip Rotation

Understanding Hip Rotation

What is external and internal hip rotation? You’ve probably heard that your glutes (aka ass) are important muscles. They directly influence hip position and when activated correctly they can help your body move in an ideal way for specific tasks. The glutes are one of the muscle groups responsible for external (outward) rotation of the hip.  External rotation is important because it increases torque in the joint.  When you add this rotation it removes the slack within the joint making…

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