Anterior Hip Pain: Femoral Nerve Glides Sidelye

If you have a dull ache, tingling, loss of sensation in the front of your hip area or weakness into your knee, this exercise may help. 

Lie on your side with the affected hip on top. Have your low back in some extension at the start in the rest position. 

Then, flatten the lower back by reversing the extension and flex the knee by bringing the heel closer to the butt and extend the hip back while you extend the neck backwards. Then release with performing this continuous motion throughout the exercise. 

This will help mobilize the nervous system with an emphasis on the femoral nerve. Do this continuous movement for 60 seconds for 4 sets daily. If you have any pain during the exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing.

Roll it Out! Full Body Ball Workout

Change up your gym routine by using various gym equipment such as dumbbells and bands. Use a Swiss ball for a full body work-out. Performing different types of exercises on the Swiss ball can help improve your range of motion, balance, and coordination. Engaging the core muscles while exercising on a large, unstable object such as an exercise ball is essential to performing the movement correctly and preventing injury. Try out the exercises below:

Push-Ups:

  1. Place both hands on a Swiss ball with your feet together to form a straight line from the top of your head to your toes.
  2. Engage the core and maintain a neutral spine. Keep your elbows close to your body and slowly lower your torso to the ball.
  3. Push up from the ball back to the starting position.
  4. Repeat for 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

Ab Roll-Outs:

  1. Place both of your forearms on a Swiss ball to form a 90 degree angle at the elbow.
  2. Keep feet and knees together on the floor.
  3. Engage the core muscles and maintain a neutral spine.
  4. Slowly roll forward by extending your arms and pushing the ball away from you. Make sure the knees and feet remain in contact with the floor.
  5. Slowly bring your body back to starting position by engaging the core muscles and pushing from the elbows up.
  6. Repeat for 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

Wall Squat:

  1. Wrap a closed loop resistance band around the thighs just above the knees. 
  2. Position yourself so that your low back is fully leaning up against a big exercise ball on the wall. Keep your posture nice and tall but don’t arch your low back when leaning upright against the Swiss ball. 
  3. Engage you inner core stabilizers by contracting your pelvic floor muscles and pulling your transverse abdominal muscles below your belly button inwards, hugging your spine. Remember to keep breathing. 
  4. Leaning your weight on the ball slide downwards doing a wall squat while you maintain static isometric pressure against the resistance bands. Keep your knees over your ankles and in alignment with your second toes. 
  5. Hold the wall squat for 10 seconds. Repeat this for ten repetitions doing three sets daily.

Hamstring Curl:

  1. Lie on the ground with the stability ball under your heels with your legs straight and your toes pointing up. Engage your inner core muscles below the belly button. 
  2. Extend your hips by squeezing your butt and lifting it off the ground. 
  3. Bring one knee towards your chest and hold it there.
  4. Bring the ball in towards you by flexing your other knee and then straightening it back to the start position. 
  5. Keep your inner core engaged the entire time. Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions, 3 times per week.

Reach Outs:

  1. Keep your posture tall and your inner core engaged by pulling the muscles below the belly button inwards toward the spine. 
  2. Wrap a resistance band around your upper back. With your belly on the ball stay on your hands and feet. 
  3. Secure the band on the floor with your opposite hand. Reach your index finger forward, with the thumb up towards the wall on a slight angle out, and then come back down.
  4. Repeat this 10 times for 3 sets on each side.  
  5. To progress the functional core strength, reach your index finger forward while extending your opposite leg and heel back at the same time. Keep the hips and pelvis level. Repeat this 10 times for 3 sets on each side.

Plank Walk-Outs:

  1. Start by pulling in your inner core by making your waistline skinnier below the belly button.
  2. Then roll out into a plank position on the ball in full control with a flat spine. 
  3. Lift one leg off of the ball with full control while keeping your hips level with each other. Try to keep your toes pointed to the floor as much as possible and lead with your heal. 
  4. Do 3 sets of 5 repetitions holding for 5 seconds on each side to start. 
  5. Then progress to 3 sets of 5-10 repetitions holding for 10 seconds when stronger.

Knee Ligament Sprain: Lunge Squats

It’s important to retrain the pushing off dynamic strength in your core stability and lower quadrant after a knee ligament sprain. There are a few key points to keep in mind as you go through this exercise. First, start off with neutral posture and the core stability muscles of your lower back engaged. Then when you lunge forward you want to push off with the back leg as opposed to stepping forward with the front foot. This will allow you to work the dynamic push - off of the back leg and stabilizing aspect of the front leg to better strengthen your lower quadrant with your core stability, and to ultimately help you recover from your deficiencies so you can return to playing sports faster & doing the activities you love to do. Perform 10 reps on each side for 3 sets daily to start. If you have any pain during the exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing. 

Anterior Hip & Thigh Pain: Femoral Nerve Glides

If you have a dull ache, tingling, loss of sensation in the front of the hip area or weakness into the knee, this exercise may help. Using a towel, lie on your belly with your forehead resting on your forearm. Hold on to the towel wrapped around your lower leg above your ankle. Have your low back in some extension at the start for the rest position. Then, flatten the low back by reversing the extension and flex the knee while pulling the towel to bring the heel closer to the butt and extend your neck backwards then release with continuous movement. This will help mobilize the nervous system with a bias on the femoral nerve. Do this continuous movement for 60 seconds for 4 sets daily. If you have any pain during the exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing. 

Learn How to Properly Hip Hinge

The hip hinge is an important movement pattern that actively engages the posterior chain (glutes and hamstrings) and helps build the foundation for complex exercises such as the kettlebell swing, deadlift, and squat. A proper hip hinge requires the movement to begin at the hips with flexion of the hip muscles while the spine is kept at a neutral position for optimal power and strength. Depending on what exercise is being performed, the change in hip angle will vary. For instance, there will be more hip flexion and less knee flexion in a deadlift compared to a squat. Good pelvic mobility and control in the hip muscles is crucial in maintaining a neutral spine and preventing injury by minimizing the stress impact. Begin practising the hip hinge movement with the exercises below and continue with the following progressions once each stage has been mastered. 

Beginner Level:
1. Hip Rock: Begin by lying with your back and feet flat on the floor and both knees bent. Ensure the ribs are tucked in (towards the floor) and lift the hips towards the ceiling by engaging the core and glute muscles. Hold for 1-2 seconds, and then slowly bring the hips back to the starting position. Repeat 8-10

2. Glute Bridge: Begin in a “table-top” position with your hands flat on the floor directly below your shoulders and knees hip-width apart. While maintaining a neutral spine, slowly bring your hips back towards your heels while your hands and knees remain stationary in contact with the floor. Then, slowly bring your hips back to the starting position. Repeat 8-10 times. This exercise will help familiarize you with the basic movement pattern at the hip joint and ensuring the spine is kept neutral at all times.

Progression:
3. Hip Hinge with a Dowel: Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Hold a dowel vertically behind your back with one hand on the top end and the other end by the bottom end. The dowel should be in contact with the back of your head, mid-thoracic spine (center of your back), and sacrum (bottom of your back) throughout the movement. Keeping the knees and ankles stationary, slowly bring your hips back while you bring your shoulders and trunk forward. Then, slowly bring the hips back to the starting position. Repeat 8-10 times ensuring the dowel has a 3-point contact with your body at all times. Place a box in front by your knees to help fix the knees and feet in place.

4. Weighted Hinge (Wall): Stand a few inches away from the wall with your feet hip-width apart. Facing away from the wall, hold a light weight, such as a kettlebell or a dumbbell, by your chest and slowly bring your hips backwards until there is contact with the wall. Keep your knees and ankles stationary while your spine is kept at neutral throughout the movement. Slowly bring your hips back to the starting position and repeat 8-10 times.

Hip Hinge:
5. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and hold a dowel slightly more than shoulder-width apart (can also use a pair of dumbbells). Keep your knees and ankles stationary while maintaining a neutral spine. Bring your hips back while bringing the dowel down towards your knees. Ensure your chest is kept open and your shoulder blades are squeezed together to prevent rounding of the back. Do not sway the arms by keeping the dowel near your body during the movement. Then, bring your hips and the dowel back to starting position. Repeat 8-10 times. Remember to engage the core at all times.

Sacroiliac Joint Strain: Balance, Hip & Core Strength

Start with nice tall posture and engage your core muscles below the belly button by drawing the lower ab muscles inward toward the spine. Then, stand on one leg and hold a stick with the butt end about 2 and a half feet away. Bend down through the hips to touch the stick to the floor at the 9 O’Clock position like a grid on a clock. Come back up and then bend down to touch the end of the stick at the 10 O’Clock position. Repeat this until you get to the 3 O’Clock position and then reverse coming back to the 9 O’Clock position again to complete the full set. When doing this exercise maintain your knee alignment with the second toe, the knee over the ankle and bend through the butt more. Do 2 full sets 2 times a day. This is important for retraining strength, balance, and proprioceptive control in your sacroiliac joint and whole lower quadrant after a strain. 

Full Body TRX Work Out

Cull Body TRX Workout

The TRX System relies on suspension training equipment that allows individuals of varying fitness levels and abilities to perform a wide range of exercises. Body weight exercises, also known as total resistance exercises, on the TRX can help strengthen different muscle groups in many planes of motion in a safe and effective way. Try the following exercises below for a full body workout!

1) TRX Inverted Row:

Face toward the anchor of the TRX and grasp the handles with palms facing each other and arms fully extended. Position your feet slightly apart and in front of your body to begin in a leaned position. Ensure your body forms a straight line from head to toe, engage the core muscles, and pull your body towards the handles by keeping the elbows close to the torso. Then, slowly lower yourself back down to the starting position. Repeat for 3-4 sets of 10. Lower the handles or position your feet further in front for more lean to increase the difficulty.

Face away from the anchor of the TRX and grasp the handles with an overhand grip and full extend both arms. Position the feet slightly apart behind your body and lean forward so the body is at a slight diagonal. Lower your body towards the handles by bending the elbows. Then, push yourself up by contracting your chest and tricep muscles to the starting position. Repeat for 3-4 sets of 10.

Face away from the anchor of the TRX, place the top of your foot onto both TRX handles to form a 90 degree bend in the knee and stand tall on the other leg. Bring your body straight down to the ground to perform a lunge. Do not let the knee of the standing leg go past your foot when performing the lunge. Make sure the knee is in line with the foot at all times. Repeat for 3-4 sets of 10.

Face away from the anchor of the TRX, place the top of your foot onto both TRX handles to form a 90 degree bend in the knee and stand tall on the other leg. Bring your body straight down to the ground to perform a lunge. Do not let the knee of the standing leg go past your foot when performing the lunge. Make sure the knee is in line with the foot at all times. Repeat for 3-4 sets of 10.

Begin with your back flat on the ground and both heels on the TRX handles with your hands on either side of your body. Engage the core and lift your hips upward by activating your glute muscles. Ensure your ribs are not flaring by pulling them downward toward your belly button. Then, slowly lower yourself down to the starting position. Repeat for 3-4 sets for 10 reps.

Sacro-Iliac Joint Strain: Pigeon Pose Hip Stretch

Begin in 4 point position on a yoga mat. To stretch the right posterior hip, including the Piriformis muscle, straighten out the left knee pushing the left foot back. Then bring the right knee forward towards your chest while supporting yourself with your hands in front. Making sure that your left and right pelvis are level with each other, bring your right foot across turning it to the left side. Then reach forward on the mat wth your hands bringing your elbows towards the mat while keeping both sides of the pelvis level and down. Hold for 30 seconds and do 3 sets on each side 2 times daily. This is a great stretch to open up the back side of the hip joint if you have Piriformis Syndrome or a Sacro-Iliac joint Dysfunction. If you have any pain during the exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing.

Core Neck Exercises

Lay on your back with your knees raised. Lay your head on a pillow and place a rolled towel under your neck. Press your tongue to the roof of your mouth and bring your chin down towards your throat. Keep your posture tall and long like your head is being pulled by a string. Next raise your arms up, hands in fists and move your arms up and down for five seconds - do 3 sets x 15 reps. Contact us for more information