Joint Pain

2705, 2015

Curtsy Lunges

By |May 27th, 2015|media|Comments Off on Curtsy Lunges

Curtsy Lunges

‘Keeping your knees healthy and symptom free begins with developing a functional understanding of how this unique joint is constructed (anatomy) and how it does and doesn’t function (biomechanics)’

Lunges are excellent dynamic strength exercises for the lower body but can cause pain if not performed properly.

The curtsy lunge is like the standard lunge, but your rear foot moves backward, crossing it behind the front  leg, planting the ball of your rear foot about half a metre across the midline as though you were about to curtsy. In this movement the knee travels across the body vs. the traditional forward and backward motion. The weight used in the exercise has to be lowered drastically. Not just because your muscle can’t handle it, but because there is no chance for your muscles and body’s passive structures to exert enough force in such an extreme, anatomically disadvantageous position.

The curtsy lunge exercise negates one foundational rule of biomechanics. To encourage proper movement pattern, function, and strength, the knee joint, hip joint, and shoulder joint should be kept in alignment with one another the entire time while bearing load. For the grand majority, this will produce unwanted stress since the hip socket doesn’t align with this movement angle or pattern. Consequently, the IT band and TFL will take a loaded stretch.

Increased rotation of the knee causes excessive overstretching or twisting of the ligaments or tendons or increased shearing forces on the bursa surrounding the knee, then ligament strain, tendinitis, meniscus tears, bursitis, iliotibial band and patella femoral syndrome can occur.

The knee is a hinge-type joint, roughly equivalent to a door hinge, but with a slight rotation to lock it into full extension. The meniscus is located between the femur […]

1208, 2014

Osteopathy Treats Sacroiliac Joint Pain

By |August 12th, 2014|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Osteopathy Treats Sacroiliac Joint Pain – The Sacroiliac joints (bony surfaces supported by strong ligaments) connect the sacrum (the triangular shaped bone at the bottom of the spine) to the iliac bones (the two bones that make up the pelvis). The sacroiliac joint allows for a small amount of movement that is important for maintaining stability of the spine and pelvis during walking and running as well as for expansion of the pelvis during childbirth.

Trauma or torsional stress to the pelvis can cause injury, misalignment, and pain arising from the joint itself or the supporting ligaments. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is normally one sided but may effect both sides and symptoms may include lower back pain, buttock pain, sciatic leg pain, groin pain and hip pain. Pain can range from dull aching to sharp and stabbing and increases with physical activity. There is always muscle spasm/tension in one or both buttocks and / or hip muscles.

Occasionally it radiates down the leg and as far as into the foot and may mimic a bulged disc in the lumbar spine.Symptoms worsen with prolonged sitting, standing or lying down, turning over in bed, bending forward, putting on socks or shoes, stair climbing, hill climbing, running, taking large strides, moving your legs in and out of a car seat and rising from a seated position.

SIJ dysfunction can be caused by trauma such as, falling heavily on one buttock or one foot that shears the Sacroiliac joint. Or any condition that alters the normal walking pattern, such as a degenerative knee, hip or a leg length discrepancy places increased stress on the Sacroiliac Joints. SIJ dysfunction is common in pregnant women is due to hormonal changes during pregnancy lengthen pelvic ligaments […]