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Old 01-21-2012, 03:36 PM   #21
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Re: Sitting

Is it possible to figure this stuff all out and fix it on my own?
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Old 01-21-2012, 06:31 PM   #22
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Re: Sitting

Best bet is to work on glut med and see if that helps significantly

Otherwise, you can hit everything wholescale like in shoes, sitting I linked earlier

Generally, also such things tend to show up in movement and posture so that would be another good place to check
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:07 PM   #23
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Re: Sitting

Make sure you free up your calf muscles(gastro, soleus, tibialis anterior, peroneals, etc..) as well. I find if my knees ache, and self massage of the itband, tfl, or quadriceps doesnt help, this seems to help the issue. Spend 5 minutes a side, then switch.
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:45 PM   #24
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Re: Sitting

I tried using a lacrosse ball on the TFL and that was terrible. But I'm not even sure I'm hitting the TFL.

I still don't understand how to use a lacrosse ball on the ITB.
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One more thing I noticed is that if I slouch in a chair so my whole body except for my legs is straight, that the entire outside part of my thigh feels really tight. It's like one big sheet of extreme tightness. It's so tight that I can see it literally smash the vastus lateralis more towards the middle of the leg.

Basically, if my entire body is straight, except my legs bent at my knee, there is extreme tightness in the whole outer leg and I think it's pulling my lower leg out of alignment.

I don't know if that helps determine where the tightness is originating.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:08 PM   #26
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Re: Sitting

The "tightness" you feel can also be the result of instability elsewhere in the body.
Sometimes that "tightness" you're trying to get rid of, may be the muscles in the body that are being overworked because other muscles are not working enough.

Marinate on that for a bit.


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One more thing I noticed is that if I slouch in a chair so my whole body except for my legs is straight, that the entire outside part of my thigh feels really tight. It's like one big sheet of extreme tightness. It's so tight that I can see it literally smash the vastus lateralis more towards the middle of the leg.

Basically, if my entire body is straight, except my legs bent at my knee, there is extreme tightness in the whole outer leg and I think it's pulling my lower leg out of alignment.

I don't know if that helps determine where the tightness is originating.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:10 PM   #27
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The "tightness" you feel can also be the result of instability elsewhere in the body.
Sometimes that "tightness" you're trying to get rid of, may be the muscles in the body that are being overworked because other muscles are not working enough.

Marinate on that for a bit.

That makes very little sense to me. It's a tightness when no muscles are being worked, merely from being in a certain position.
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Re: Sitting

Just because you're not consciously thinking about using muscles does not mean they are not working....Most of the time when you think muscles aren't being worked, and they shouldn't be "on"; they usually are being overworked.

If your body cannot find stability in that "certain position" other surrounding muscles will tighten up to restrict movement.


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That makes very little sense to me. It's a tightness when no muscles are being worked, merely from being in a certain position.
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Just because you're not consciously thinking about using muscles does not mean they are not working....Most of the time when you think muscles aren't being worked, and they shouldn't be "on"; they usually are being overworked.

If your body cannot find stability in that "certain position" other surrounding muscles will tighten up to restrict movement.
But I should be able to feel the muscle contracting then.
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Not true.

Do you really think everytime a muscle in your body contracts, you feel it? Every second muscles are contracting to either move, or restrict movement(ie. stabilize).

Also, just because a muscle feels "tight" does not mean it is short and tight. Some muscles can be stuck long and tight....in which cause stretching will be of no benefit.


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