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Old 10-17-2003, 11:46 AM   #1
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When I try the "head, shoulders, heels against the wall...roll contact point down to low back" drill I find that a) it's really tough to get the low back back (no surprise) and b) my heels want to come off the floor. Is that normal, or really weird, and is it curable?
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Old 10-17-2003, 03:58 PM   #2
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Lynne-

I am guessing that both the hip flexors and hamstrings are shortened produing a hyperlordotic (but-sticking-out) pelvic tilt. Can you easily, with knees straight bend forward and touch palms to the floor?
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Old 10-17-2003, 06:34 PM   #3
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Robb,
Hmm, how can I answer that tactfully? *HELL NO!* How was that? LOL Mid-shin is about as far as I can get. Hammie stretches I know (but don't do); what kind of stretches work the hip flexors, and is there something better than stretching? It's the only thing I hate as much as running.
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Old 10-20-2003, 09:23 AM   #4
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Ahhhh, is there something better than stretching?!?!

I guess it depends on what you want to accomplish. If you want to limit range of motion there are a lot of things better than stretching. But if you want to be flexible, you have to stretch. OFTEN! There is no alternative, no quick fix, no painless method. Must stretch. Must stretch A LOT. Don't necessarily stretch "hard", just do it often. You don't need a toture device to gain flexibility.
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Old 10-20-2003, 03:07 PM   #5
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Roger,
Better than stretching? Let me see..root canals, hitting your thumb with a hammer...
I don't want to be flexible in and of itself. I want to be functional and pain-free. If I have to be flexible to achieve those, I guess stretching is the answer. What's good for the hip flexors?
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Old 10-20-2003, 03:15 PM   #6
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Ton's of stuff for hip flexors. Sit on both knees take a big step forward with one leg so that your front leg is bent at under 90 degrees and push your hips towards the ground. If you bend and grab your rear leg you can stretch your quad at the same time. This is also a great warm up stretch for splits.

Bridges are good hip stretchers when you do them right. They should stretch your shoulders and hips, not back.

Flexibility is a wonderful thing. It allows for a lot of motions that are simply not possible otherwise.
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Old 10-20-2003, 05:33 PM   #7
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Roger,
Thanks - I'll see if I can turn myself into a pretzel. My chiropractor used to hound me into stretching, but I haven't seen him for 10 years, which is about the last time I did any stretching.
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Lynne

You'd think, being only 5' tall, the floor wouldn't be so darn hard to reach!
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