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.
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.
Kneel down onto your left knee. Then rotate it about 45 degrees past the midline of your body. To keep your posture nice and tall imagine there’s a string pulling your whole spine upwards from your pelvis, right up your entire back and neck and up to the top of your head. Then engage your inner core muscles tight below your belly button and keep your low back flat. Next, bend the right knee forward and keep your posture nice and tall without leaning backwards. Then reach your left arm up pointing the fingers towards the ceiling nice and high and point your right finger tips to the floor. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times for each side. This stretch can help with low back strain due to disc herniations. If you experience pain and continue having problems then consult your Physiotherapist.
This exercise is called the Psoas March and it’s really great for increasing your hip flexor strength with your core and also with giving you that explosiveness and really awesome if you have issues with your SI joint and your hip joint. So we’re going to start off by actually having Vivian lying down flat on the mat and she wants to make sure that her low back is nice and flat; So that’s what the hands going to feel for so there’s no arching of the lower back. And you want to have this hands just below the belly button and that’s just going to help you engage that core a little more and you’ll feel a facilitation of that transversus. And you’re going to bring both knees up: So you want to have them up above ninety degrees… So here’s ninety and you want to go a little further. And then you’ll be wrapping a band around your feet and with the band you want to have it around the feet like this with the legs out a little bit with tension and parallel so they’re like train tracks. So you’re going to start in this position. The hardest part it is going to be maintaining the knee that isn’t moving up so it doesn’t move down with the other leg. So you’re going to start by holding this knee up while pressing down with this one all the way down… nice, and come back up nice and slow. Great! And Alternate. So all the way down… and then all the way back up. Great! And then.. that’s one… So do one on each side. Great! Keep Breathing… keep that core intact. Looks awesome Viv! Come back up. Thats’ two. Feeling good?! Good! This is your third one on the left. Awesome! And third one on the right. Great! So two more. Try to maintain that core with the back nice and flat… all the way down… and all the way up. Great! So this is the fourth one on the right. Ok, Last one. Great… and one more. All the way down. Great. Great! So bring your legs back down. So that’s just three sets of five. So you want to start off doing three sets of five and if you feel like you can up to three sets of ten then that’s what you want to work towards.
Start off with one hand below your belly button and pull your inner abdominal muscles downward. Imagine you are making yourself skinnier at your waistline. Put your other hand by your low back to make sure you keep it nice and flat. Then point both hands up and bend both knees to 90 degrees keeping the low back flat. As you slowly lower one leg straight to the floor bring your opposite arm up above you. Keep your inner core engaged and low back flat. Return the arm and knee back to the start position and repeat this with the opposite arm and leg. Repeat this alternating movement with the arms and legs 2 minutes 3 times daily. This is an excellent exercise to help strengthening your Iliopoas and Iliocapsularis muscles which can help decrease your anterior hip pain by stabilizing the front of the hip capsule more. If you have pain during the exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing.
Anterior hip pain could be the result of a weak hip flexor causing the joint to be impinged and move out of its dynamic stability in everyday use such as walking, running or sport. Begin by slouching forward on a bench or chair grabbing the back of your thigh with both hands. As you sit straight up again lift the knee towards your chest with the help of your hands. With your core stability muscles engaged, slowly lower the thigh to allow the foot to reach the floor as you release your hands. Repeat this 5 times on the affected hip for 3 sets. If you have pain during the exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing.
A weak hip flexor can cause the joint to be impinged and move out of its dynamic stability in everyday activities such as walking, running or playing sports. Begin this advanced hip flexor exercise by engaging your lower abs and doing a poster pelvic tilt with your pelvis. Grab the front of the bench or table with your hands and keep your feet firmly planted on the floor. Slowly lower your torso backwards while maintaining the posterior pelvic tilt to as for back as possible without falling backwards or losing the posterior pelvic tilt. Then slowly return back to the start position again. Repeat this 5 times on the affected hip for 3 sets. You can even have a partner assist you by holding down your thighs and legs to help stabilize the lower extremities. If you have any pain during the exercise or are unsure about what you are doing, consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing.
This simple exercise works the gluteus medius muscle of your hip if it’s really weak! Start by leaning your forearm into the wall and have your outside hip flared out. With your inner core engaged and your posture tall flex your inside knee up to your chest . Start by squeezing the outside hip in and drive across to the other hip and upwards. Bring the outside hip in line with the knee and foot below. Then release and drop your hip back out and repeat. Do 10 repetitions for 3 sets. This is a close-chain exercise for the Gluteus Medius Muscle and helps to prevent your hip from flaring out and stabilizes your sacro iliac joint when do weight bearing activities like running , any running sports or even walking and hiking.
This is an advanced ball exercise for the Gluteus Medius Muscle in your hips. It helps to stabilize your sacroiliac joint when walking, hiking, running , and any running sports that involve cutting like soccer, football or ultimate frisbee. Wrap a resistance band around your inside hip.Lean your inside hip onto the exercise ball against the wall and pull with the band towards the outside hip with your hand. With your inner core engaged and your posture tall flex your inside knee up to your chest. Start by driving your outside hip into the ball to bring the inside hip upwards so it’s level with your other hip. Then release and drop your inside hip back down and repeat. Do 10 repetitions for 3 sets. This exercise should not produce any pain. If it does please consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing.
This exercise can help with Sacro Iliac joint pain that can be caused by hyper mobility or instability due to strained ligaments from repetitive strain or acute trauma. If you experience pain or you’re unsure about this exercise please consult your local Physiotherapist before continuing. Wrap a closed loop resistance band around the thighs just above the knees. Then position yourself so that your low back is fully leaning up against the big ball on the wall. Keep your posture nice and tall but don’t arch your low back when leaning upright against the big ball. Next, 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. 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. Hold the wall squat for 10 seconds. Repeat this for ten repetitions doing three sets daily.