Anterior Hip Capsule – Couch Stretch

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Prolonged sitting is once again our culprit for negatively effecting movement!  Because we all spend numerous hours each day in a seated position, our hip flexors tend to adapt to a shortened position.  This shortened position has a number of negative outcomes in relation to movement.

A chronically shortened hip flexor, specifically the psoas muscle, creates a postural fault through the low back, pelvis, and hip.   These postural faults take the form of a hyperextended low back, a anterior pelvis, and an internally rotated hip/femur.

The combination of these postural faults has wide negative repercussions on our movement patterns and commonly manifests as:

    • Low back pain
    • Knee pain
    • Lumbar disc injuries
    • Hip pain
    • Hip Flexor Strains

Take a look at Dr. Brooks’s video outlining the Couch Stretch for mobilization the tissues associated with the anterior hip capsule.

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Dr. Brooks Newton
Dr. Brooks Newton

Dr. Brooks Newton is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and a CrossFit Mobility Trainer. He specializes in the treatment of orthopedic and sport injuries which has lead him to work with athletes from the ranging from the NFL, NHL, Crossfit Games, NCAA Div I, II, and III, and the Chinese Olympic Teams.

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