Back Pain, “From the Frontline”

 How We Help:

All pain is not always as simple as just a bone being out of place. Most cases have developed over time and require more than just a “quick fix.” Through complete functional movement screens, we can narrow down the exact problem and the exact tissue(s) that need to be fixed. Manual therapy, joint manipulation, therapeutic exercise, or a combination of all three may be needed to fix your problem! Better diagnosis in our office, means better treatment, and better results for you!

If you think you have, or are struggling with pain call our office at 309-755-2311 or request an appointment below!

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The “King of the Hip”

The “King of the Hip,” or piriformis, is the culpret for many hip dysfunctions in athletes and non-athletes.

The piriformis is a muscle in the gluteal region and is one of six muscles in the lateral rotator group.

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Function: The piriformis muscle’s primary function is to externally rotate the femur at the hip joint.

Now lets show you how to release/stretch this muscle.

  1. Using a foam roller, position your glute area on top of the roller.
  2. Gently move yourself a short distance forward and aft. After about 20 seconds, you’ll feel that you can roll approximately 4-5 inches in either direction.
  3. Roll for 1 minute total per side. Following your foam-roll session, use a static stretch.
  4. I will show 3 ways to do a static stretch to affect the piriformis.
  5. Hold for 30 seconds per side
  6. Lastly when stretching focus on quality, breathing, and listen to your muscles.

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