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Stretch the Quadriceps Muscles to Decrease Knee and Back Pain

 Why should you stretch your Quadriceps muscles?

The Quadriceps are the muscles in the front of the thigh. They are commonly referred to as the quads. These muscles are responsible for extending the knee, when stepping forward, kicking and climbing stairs. They get a lot of use and deserve a good stretch.

Tight Quadriceps are a common cause of knee pain. Keeping the Quadriceps muscles flexible helps decrease the wear and tear on the knee cap and knee joints in general. Flexible Quadriceps are more elastic. This increased elasticity decreases the compressive forces on the knee joints. Less compression means less rubbing and wearing away of your joint surfaces. Hence, less pain due to arthritis or inflammation of your knee joints. read more…

Learn to Use Your Abdominal Muscles to Protect Your Spine

The abdominal muscle

The different layers of abdominal muscles.

When your abdominal muscles are working properly they provide essential protection for your spine. Sadly, this is not the case for many people. I see this in the large number of troublesome backs that come through my office.

There are four layers of abdominal muscles. The deep layers are among the most important for stabilizing the lower back. These muscles are all too often weak and uncoordinated.

Sit-ups and crunches exercise primarily the more superficial layer of these core muscles. Sometimes these muscles are strong but without the deep abdominal muscles functioning properly your spine is at risk.

It takes more than sit ups to properly strengthen and coordinate all layers of your abdominal muscles. For maximum protection of your back seek coaching on how to strengthen and coordinate all the abdominal and other core muscles that stabilize the spine. read more…

How to Stretch the Adductor (Groin) Muscles

Why stretch the adductor muscles?

The adductor muscles are a group of five muscles with their bulk on the inside (medial side) of the thigh. They are commonly referred to as the groin muscles. They attach to the pubic and ischial (sit bone) part of the pelvis. Their function is to prevent the thigh from slipping outwards. They pull the thigh in, toward the midline of the body. This movement occurs at the hip joint. One of the adductor muscles also crosses the knee joint. These muscles, in coordination with the other thigh muscles, work hard to stabilize and protect the pelvis, hip and knee.

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