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  1. Hi I have a somewhat weird story that baffled my physiotherapist. Here it goes: After some olympic lifting I had a mobility session involving predominantly cossack squats, standing straddle good mornings and calf stretches, The next day I noticed that I was able to lock out my left knee to a greater extent than my right. Scared I might have torn anything I contacted a private physio to have a checkup on my knee. He noticed the difference in my ability to extend the knee properly, but could not find anything wrong with either knee. My tendons where by the looks of it, intact and as tight as they should be. My right and left hamstring also had the same range of motion. There was no reason what so ever for my left knee to be able to extend as far as it does. Extra info about local tightness in my hip/legs: -I do not have knee pain associated with extending either knee -My hip flexors are both tight, but my left rectus femoris more so than the right one. -I have good enough ankle mobility for deep squats (hamstring touching calves), but my left knee is still able to move about half the distance beyond my toes when I sit in a deep squat. My left knee is at most a knuckles length past the toes, and my right is almost 2 knuckles length. When I stand up and lock out both my knees, it is clearly visible that my left knee is further back than my right. I tried to take a picture of it but it didnt turn out too good. I did however take a picture of my heels when I sit with my legs extended in front of me. In both pictures I am trying to lift my heel as high as possible. Does anyone have the faintest idea, or wild theory, concerning what has happened to my knee?
  2. Haven't read Overcome neck and back pain, though I have bin doing Jefferson curls to improve my pike position. It does indeed seem like piriformis is what is holding me back after reading up on a bit of anatomy, and trying out a couple of stretches. Looking forward to your upcomming posts! With regards to my view on Thomas Kurz work I must say I agree with a lot of his thoughts about strengthening yourself at the end range of a movement. I do not have any martial art background or similar, so I will not comment on his dynamic flexibility part. However, from my personal experience, and observation, it seems clear to me that a major concern with mobility is strength deficiencies. Need to improve the squat position? Try staying more time in it! Of course one might be tight, but such tightness seems to me to often come from muscles overcompensating, hence weakness. The picture is complex, and this is of course just one piece of the puzzle, but never the less a vital one.
  3. Hi I'm new to this forum so I'm going to start by giving a short summary of who I am and what I do:) 24 year old Norwegian master student in Engineering Background: -Did powerlifting type training for about 2 years -Got involved in crossfit for 0.5-1year -Is now focusing on gymnastics (doing the foundation series of gymnasticbodies, so I'm one of the guys looking forward to you pancake-stretch program) twice a week, olympic style squatting three times a week and a general fooling around day once a week where I do what I feel like (mostly gymnastics, and recently some boulderign). All heavily influenced by the works of Ido Portal Back pain story: -Last spring/summer - Mild back pain acting up from time to time - Immediately solved by stretching the hip flexors -Last fall, severe back pain - Physician said it was a disc protrusion - Did a lot of stretching and stabilization exercises for the spine that gradually "fixed it" -When the pain that was supposedly from a disc protrusion acted up, I noticed that by either releasing the tensor fascia latae, the gluteus medius/piriformis, or both, my aching back would let go completely. I did this using a lacrosse ball, and would be fine for the rest of the day, and sometimes even throughout the next one too. As an extra piece of information, I have no problem squatting all the way down to the point where my hamstrings meet my calves without rounding the lower back. Now to the point of this post: Having read through a lot of these posts, and read some of your written work, it seems like the piriformis plays a key role to achieve good form on a lot of lower body stretches. I have previously read a lot on stretching and back pain, and from my "studies" I have suspected that piriformis syndrom might have played a significant role in my back pain history. Whenever I have had a stiff lower back, releasing the piriformis and/or the tfl always seem to be the answer. For that reason I tried out your newest piriformis stretch as a means for a more permanent solution. When doing it, and for some time afterwards, my back tightened up severly. It would have to be described as hip/lower back numbness and discomfort. My piriformis seemed tight as well, as if trying to resist the stretch (even after stretching). Does my suspected diagnosis seem reasonable, and how would the best approach for me be to handle that pesky piriformis? I have no intention of aggravating more back again, though neither do I intent on letting the piriformis and tfl keeping tightening up like they do. I have a lot of stuff regarding stretching that I'd like to discuss further with the forum members (hint: loaded stretching, strength and mobility, and the works of Thomas Kurz for those who are familiar with it), but that will be for another post:)
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