Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hip Flexor Assessment

I'm currently in Igls, Austria with the US Bobsled and Skeleton teams, and was working the other day with a chiropractor who did something that caught my attention.  She assessed hip flexor tightness using arm length!  A great reminder that our soft tissue is all connected.  Here is the premise:
1.  Athlete is lying supine, arms at side.
2. Clinician is standing at the athlete's head.
3.  Athlete raises arms to the ceiling, over the head and towards the clinician.
4.  The clinician then places the hands together; the "shorter hand/fingers" indicates tight hip flexors on the same side.

So, yet another interesting evaluative variation!. 

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