STUCK AT HOME? TRAIN WITH US IN YOUR LIVING ROOM!

Are hip injections 90% reliable for finding the cause of hip pain?

Why am I talking about hip injections?

In a previous post, I shared an orthopedic physician's objections to what we've been talking about with FAI, and in a follow up I talked about hip injections and their reliability and usefulness (spoiler: they don't seem reliable or particularly useful). In case you missed the original YouTube comment from the orthopedic physician, here's a relevant snippet:

 

Since your [sic] so knowledgeable of the hip joint anatomy I hope you...
Continue Reading...

Shoulder pain and X-rays – do shoulder x-rays mean anything?

The most common myth about shoulder X-rays for shoulder pain

The vast majority of people believe that shoulder X-rays are a good way to determine what's causing shoulder pain.

woman with shoulder pain

Stress, among other things, can make your shoulder muscles quite cranky.

Many doctors also say that an X-ray is a good way to investigate shoulder pain. They might find things like medial acromial and lateral clavicular sclerosis, subchondral acromial cysts, inferior acromial and clavicular...

Continue Reading...

Hip labral tears: what you need to know and what your doctor won’t tell you

Why are hip labral tears important to talk about?

Hip pain is becoming an extremely common complaint in this age of desk work and constant sitting. It’s also becoming very common for people to get the diagnosis of a hip labral tear. So, what does it mean to tell people they have hip labral tears? In this article, we’re going to look very deeply at the research around hip pain, labral tears, and surgery for labral tears.

client stretching his hips and shoulders

 

Hip labral tears in a training context

We work...

Continue Reading...

How to improve scapular retraction

Whenever we work with clients who have problems with their shoulders, there's one motion that we ALWAYS try to improve right away - scapular retraction. If you have shoulder issues it can often be helped with simple exercises that emphasize alignment and retraining.

In this blog we are looking at a few exercises to help restore proper alignment and strength in the correct muscles to support shoulder health.

 

What is scapular retraction?

Scapular retraction involves pulling your shoulder...

Continue Reading...

What do you need to do to fix anterior tilt?

As personal trainers, we see anterior pelvic tilt a lot. As a result of our YouTube videos on different approaches and techniques relevant to training, we get a lot of questions about what’s really necessary to get stronger, fitter, and more mobile when you have anterior pelvic tilt. 

One of the big questions we get is about squatting and deadlifting and how they relate to anterior tilt. Specifically, people want to know whether squatting and deadlifting are actually...

Continue Reading...

How to get rid of pain in the TFL (tensor fascia lata)

Do you feel an achy, dull, annoying pain in the side of your hip that’s been there for months or even years? Does it seem to get worse after any type of dynamic physical activity or any prolonged period of sitting?

It’s possible that this discomfort is due to a shortened and dysfunctional tensor fascia latae muscle, or “TFL” for short. I’ve experienced this discomfort myself so I know exactly how much of a pain in the [TFL] it can be!

In this article, we’re...

Continue Reading...

Shoulder Labral Tears Part 2: Does surgery work?

In this article, we're going to look at the statistics and studies on shoulder labral tear surgery to help you discern the risks involved. To learn all about shoulder labral tears check out part 1 of this blog series for more background information.

If you have shoulder pain and someone has told you that it’s coming from a labral tear, you may feel like your only option is surgery. After all, if something in your shoulder is torn, how could you possibly be able to do anything to...

Continue Reading...

Shoulder Labral Tears Part 1: What you need to know

In this article, we're going to learn all about shoulder labral tears, how they are diagnosed, and their relationship to pain. To learn more about the research on shoulder labral tear surgery, success rates, and rehabilitation  check out part 2 of this blog series.

 

Why are shoulder labral tears important to talk about?

Shoulder pain is extremely common.  A 2003 study in the Netherlands estimated that shoulder pain is the second most common complaint after lower back...

Continue Reading...

How do you relax tight muscles? What to do when you’re stuck and stiff.

 We’ve all been there. Your muscles feel tight and locked up, perhaps after a hard workout or a stressful week at work. You’ve had massages, done your stretching routine from top to bottom, but after a short period of relief, it comes back again. 

The common treatment for tight muscles consists of massage, stretching, rest, or ice/heat. Those approaches, however, don’t always work. So what do you do when muscle tightness keeps coming back?

 

How to fix...

Continue Reading...

How to sleep with anterior pelvic tilt

How should you sleep if you have an anterior pelvic tilt? If you sleep in the wrong position, will it make your tilt worse? If you sleep in a good position, will it make it better?

If you have an anterior pelvic tilt we have some great information for you, including  how to sleep to improve your alignment, and a video to help you understand the best position for your pelvis at night.

 woman showing anterior pelvic tilt

What is anterior pelvic tilt?

An anterior tilt is when the front of your pelvis is tipped towards...

Continue Reading...
Close

50% Complete

Sign up for Roll and Release

Beat chronic tension with simple self-massage techniques and discover simple truths about good posture, exercise, and chronic pain.