Do you sit frequently? If the answer is yes, you need to work on you psoas. The psoas, technically psoas major, is a hip flexor that starts at our back and inserts into our thigh bone(femur). When we sit for prolonged periods of time, this muscle gets brutally short. It's very rare to work with a CrossFit athlete in Atlanta or around the country for that matter that doesn't have problems with this muscle group.
We can use some common strength and conditioning equipment to help get into our psoas and reset our pelvic position. Give it a try guys and don't forget to test your squat before and after you mobilize.
It's time to take your psoas back!
Dr. Danny, PT, DPT
So you learned how to hold your kids in Part 1 and then learned how to pick your kids up in Part 2. Now that you fine physical specimens have that stuff under control it's time to learn how to fix yourself!
The reality is sometimes we can't help but be in a bad position with our kids. Sometimes you have to round your back to get your toddler out of the tub. Sometimes you have to keep you neck in a flexed position for a long time when you are giving a baby a bottle or breast feeding. Shit, sometimes you even have to sit for long periods of time in chairs designed for people that are 3 feet tall and you may be 6'2, like me. In these situations it's up to us to correct some of the damage we may be doing to ourselves.
Today is about correcting the upper back and neck. A nice little addition to this is that it will also do wonders for your overhead position. It's a win win! Minimize the effect of crappy positions while chasing your kids around and snatch more!
Good luck and thanks for all the positive feedback about the parents series. Kids are awesome but so is a pain free back!
Dr. Danny, PT, DPT
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