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Top 5 Stretches every runner should be doing
When carried out over a series of weeks these simple exercises can erradicate many muscle imbalances resulting from or causing pelvic torsion. It is advisable to seek medical attention from a specialist before carrying out these exercises to be clear as to the nature of your pelvic torsion. In most cases one will feel ease once these exercises are continued. It is important to address the causes of the torsion and see why this might be happening in your case.
1 Figure 4 stretches for Runners
This exercise is often seen as the holy grail of stretches for most lower limb conditions, back pain and pelvic/hip problems. The stretch will release the piriformis muscle and the upper hamstring region which results in less tension through this region. Ultimately this area tightens as a result of weakness in this area and you should work to strengthen the area with the correct exercises.
Begin by getting yourself in the position as the video suggests.
The stretch can give you some pins and needles due to the position of the sciatic nerve but this should ease off. If it gets worse then you need to stop and seek medical advise as to why it occured. The stretch should lead to a slight ache in the buttock region but not in the lower back. Hold the position until the stretch eases off. This may take a while. Don’t forget to let us know how this went on our facebook page. You can find special access here
2 Gluteal foam rolling for runners
The first exercise is a simple exercise which you will require a foam roller (click here) or a special grid foam roller (click here). Use the links to check out the types available. They are pretty similar and can be purchased from most sports shops.
Position yourself like the video suggests.
You should find the areas that are sore and use the roller to hold over those positions until the soreness reduces. This may take some time in some cases and care must be taken with your back position. If the pain has not eased after a minute then move to another spot. You may occassionally get some pins and needles due to the location of the sciatic nerve, but this should ease. If it gets worse or does not ease then stop and change to the other side. Repeat on the other side. Don’t forget to let us know how this went on our facebook page. You can find special access here
3 TFL trigger point release for Runners
This next exercise can be a little painful again but the pain should ease and if it does not or it gets worse then refrain from this exercise.
Position yourself as the video suggests, taking care of your body position.
You should find the areas that are sore and use the ball to hold over those positions until the soreness reduces. This may take some time in some cases and care must be taken with your back position. If the pain has not eased after a minute then move to another spot. You may occassionally get some pins and needles due to the location of the femoral nerve, you will need ot move the ball if you get this. If it gets worse or does not ease then stop and change to the other side. Repeat on the other side.
4 Kneeling Latissimus Dorsi Stretches for runners
This stretch is a nice one to ease any back stiffness you may experience due to pelvic or lower back issues. The stretch should not cause any pain just a gentle stretch along the sides. You will not be able to do this one if you have knee or back issues (disc problems). So its always worth checking with a medical profession before you carry this one out, even though it is simple to do.
Begin as the video suggests.
When you carry out this stretch you really need to hold each position until the stretch eases off. The stretch is a mild discomfort and nothing more. You can help this with breathing and making sure you go to the furthest point on an out breath as this is useful. Repeat on both sides. Don’t forget to let us know how this went on our facebook page. You can find special access here
5 Seated Q/L stretches for Runners
This stretch has to be a favourite of ours. If you can get into the position it is really useful to get deeper into the back muscles that are all so often tight from daily living, poor posture and exercise.
Begin by getting into the position as the video suggests
You will need to do this stretch on both sides but often one side is much tighter than the other side and will result in uneven pressure on the pelvis and lower back region. The pelvis may appear twisted as a result. Hold the stretch until the tension eases from your side. Repeat on the other side.
These stretches should help anyone on their way to getting things moving better in their lower back region and pelvis. Ultimately we will need to keep them like that so seeing one of our specialists for indepth advice on strength exercises is key to getting this to work long term for you.
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