McGill Big 3 Exercises – An Osteopaths Perspective

In the image below you will see one of Principle Four Osteopathy clients demonstrating regressed versions of the birddog, plank, side plank and deadbug.  These are all exercises focusing on bracing the spine and working all sides of the trunk/core.  We will look to gradually progress these as the client develops competency in these movements and strength/endurance.  In addition to this we have educated the client on avoidance of aggravating postures and movements that aggravate his lower back and have started focusing on altering movement patterns for picking things up off the floor, transitioning from sit to stand i.e. squat, lunge and hinge movements.  The key here initially is to work around their complaint so that they can continue to function whilst minimising their risk to flare ups.

This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of 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. To speak to an Osteopath or book an appointment at Principle Four Osteopathy, please book online or call 03 9670 9290.

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