Improve Your Life With Hip External Rotation

Saturday March 30 2019

Your hips must be able to move through flexion, extension, abduction, adduction, internal rotation and external rotation, in order for you to move about your day freely. Each one of these movements is just as important as the next, however, most people are usually severely lacking range of motion in one or two of those areas – as opposed to the others.

A few blog posts ago, we discusses in a series how to assess and improve your hip flexion. In this upcoming series we’ll go over your hip external rotation, what it is, why it’s important, how a lack of it can lead to issues in the body, and how to improve your hip external rotation.

Want to run? You need a degree of hip external rotation. Want to squat? You need hip external rotation? Want to be able to throw a ball? You need hip external rotation. Want to save your knees and back from pain? You need hip external rotation.

… and so on, and so on.

Your whole body is connected, it has no concept of how to use joints or muscles in isolation when it comes to real movement, in life or athletics. When one of your joints isn’t performing in the way it was designed to move, when it doesn’t have access to an acceptable range of motion, it greatly effects your ability to move with ease and increases your risk of discomfort, pain, or injury.

A huge culprit in peoples lack of ability to move well, or discomfort they face daily, is a lack of range of motion through their hips – and hip external rotation is usually one of them!

Next week, we’ll be posting a video showing you what hip external rotation is, how to assess yourself, and a great place to start developing more if you need it.

– T

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