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Egoscue method

Page history last edited by Dave Raftery 8 years, 8 months ago

I am following the Egoscue method to relieve my hip pain.


Brian Bradley the VP of Therapy Protocol at Egoscue


How to do supine groin progressive stretch using the tower  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=z7KC-N6N6F8


Excellent video -->  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ykrWtbvxDOQ#!


    I thought I would take a minute an explain a little about how the Tower works, why it works, why it can take a long time, why you might not feel anything during it, and what postural imbalances it can have a positive effect on. Whether you have done the Tower before or not, hopefully this will help you get a better understanding of this powerful E-cise and encourage you to try it for the first time or continue to commit to it if you are already doing it.

    The Supine Groin Progressive is the most common E-cise that the Egoscue Tower is used for and Pete Egoscue in Pain Free describes that “This E-cise is designed to allow flexion and extension of the leg, rather than rotation through adduction and abduction (side-to-side movement).”

    Let’s break this down to a very simple terms that you will understand and then explain why it can take an hour (or longer) for that to happen. In Pain Free, Pete first introduces the Progressive Supine Groin in the knee pain chapter when talking about “external rotation”. External rotation of the femur can be seen when looking at your knees in a mirror from the front and the knee caps are pointing outward (instead of straight ahead).
    The femur is being rotated out by strong tight muscles in the hip (psoas, iliacus, etc) that usually are also holding the pelvis in extension (anterior pelvic tilt).  

    Keep in mind that the body is a unit and that the body is linked functionally from head to toe. The anterior tilt of the pelvis is caused by the strong, tight hip flexor muscles and puts excessive arching into the low back. The more a person walks with the tight hip flexors, the more they pull down on the spine and exacerbate the problem. To relieve the tension on the spine, the upper back rounds – taking the shoulders forward – and the head tilts downward. To relieve the tension in the hips, the femurs externally rotate, taking the knees and feet outward. This is a formula for pain up and down the body.

    A really great description can be found in the knee chapter of Pain Free.  Pete talks about how this constant rotational torque coming from the hip is transferred into the knee joint. The knee is a hinge joint (think door hinge) and is designed to flex and extend (the door opening and closing) not rotate. That rotational torque is what can cause knee pain. The Tower is designed to unlock the tight hip flexors which will allow the pelvis to return to neutral, the spine to come out of lordosis and return to normal and the femur to return to neutral and point straight again. This will cause a chain reaction up the body allowing upper back to come out of excessive spinal flexion, the shoulders to move back into position and the head to center itself over the torso once again. The Tower also helps to reconnect the kinetic chain from your ankle to knee to hip and get them functioning as a unit once again.

    The Tower will help with: low back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, sprained ankle, degenerative knee pain, degenerative hip pain, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, spondylosis, herniated discs, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, and many other problems.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRPA_O_fvXY  Egoscue exercises in Ferriss book


Feldenkrais stretch for hip pain  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD7HW0paUos&feature=related

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