Banded Hip Mobility To Improve Squatting

Opening up the hips is a very important function for being able to squat and in the image below I have prescribed a banded supported hip mobility exercise that has been borrowed from Kelly Starrett of Mobility Wod.  The client is required lie supine on the floor with their feet flat on the wall.  This ensures that they maintain a flat spine and must open up through the hips into flexion, external rotation and abduction.  One can simply lie in this position, use their hands to gentle apply overpressure on the knees or use the band to provide some gentle assisted work.  I myself am generally pretty lazy and find that using the powerband (sourced from Ironedge) is probably the best way to go.  The idea is to spend a period of time (several minutes) in this position to work on hip mobility.  Should you feel any pinching in your hip, please stop and consult with your osteopath, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist or chiropractor so that they can assess and rule out any particular hip impingement issues.

This blog post was written by Osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.

Principle Four Osteopathy

Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading Osteopathy clinics. At the clinic we treat a wide range of clients, ranging from the office worker, exercise enthusiast to athlete. We have 3 experienced osteopaths working across both of the clinics.

The Melbourne City CBD clinic is located at 29 Somerset Place (basement), close to the corner of Elizabeth St and Little Bourke in the Melbourne City CBD. Our premises adjoin the Jon Weller Personal Training Studio, a fully-equipped training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials or specific training programs and rehabilitation.

The Docklands clinic is located at 717 Bourke St (Ground Floor), beneath the Channel 9 building near the walkway from Southern Cross Train Station to Etihad Stadium. Our premises adjoin Pilates on Bourke, a fully-equipped pilates and yoga training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials, pilates or specific training programs and rehabilitation.

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