Over the last few articles I have impressed upon you the importance of cause and effect and that we cannot just chase the symptoms in the hope of it reducing or eradicating our pain and dysfunction all together. You have previously learnt about three of the six areas that we believe pertain to optimal biomechanics and structural integrity. Structure integrity is a structure’s uncompromised ability to safely resist the load placed upon it – or to put it another way, the ability for our muscles, joints and bones to handle the demands we place upon them.

In Issue 33 we discussed a detailed review of how the foot was the foundation of our body and that it should form a strong and efficient base. The area we focused our myofascial compression techniques on was area 1, the soleus, posterior tibialis and the gastrocnemius, as we have found these muscles impact greatly on foot function and start the biomechanics chain reaction. Then in Issue 35, we discussed quadricep dysfunction, areas 2 and 3, being Rectus Femoris, Vastul Lateralis and ITB (knee and hip pain). In this issue we are going to look at areas 4 (psoas) and 5 (piriformis), and how they fill in parts of the hip and lower back dysfunction puzzle.

We must look for all the clues as to what the causes of hip and lower back pain might be. The typical go to ‘reason’ for our dysfunction is usually blamed on the training, a specific exercise or a piece of equipment, but in actuality it’s the activities of everyday life like sitting, standing, or driving a car that can throw off biomechanics and compromise our muscular structure. The way we sit or stand defines the way move.

You can download the full article here: R4YL_038_Addressing Hip and Lower Back Dysfunction