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One Aim Ride the Rim Event

Posted on: July 29th, 2016 by Movement Sports Clinic No Comments

On June 24 and 25, 2016 riders from the One Aim Cycling Club persisted through incredibly inclement weather to ride their bikes for 24 hours. Their goal was to raise funds for the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer in August.

One Aim LogoThe route was 8km loops through the Parkland neighborhood in southeast Calgary. Movement Sports Clinic offered aid to the riders to help keep them rolling. Organizers had created a cozy and warm treatment space behind the food area for the physiotherapists to work on injured or fatigued participants.

Jill Farmer, Tyson Plesuk and Louise Taylor all spent time at the event to provide 24-hour coverage and were pleased to help team members with issues like neck strain, calf cramp, sciatic irritability and muscle stiffness.

The weather was horrendous with rain and stormy conditions through most of the event. The riders were impressive in their dedication to their fundraising effort and training through the cold and wet environment.

Special thanks to One Aim rider Sonya Bertrand for inviting Movement Sports Clinic to provide support, to Peggy MacDonald for her enthusiasm and amazing skills as chief organizer and to Nigel Brockton for his inspiration in the One Aim effort to fundraise to aid cancer research.

The event raised over $15,000.

Congratulations One Aim!




Put Your Butt Back to Work

Posted on: July 15th, 2016 by Movement Sports Clinic No Comments


butt-back-to-workWe all have muscles that tend to be weak or inhibited and those that tend to be tight and overactive. Postural habits and the impact of gravity can be primary reasons for these patterns to occur, but injury, inactivity and pain can also lead to this reflexive turning off or hyper stimulation of muscles by the nervous system. In some cases our muscles, particularly big muscles like the gluteus maximus, forget how to work.

Life is pretty easy on us physically. We have escalators, elevators, cars and comfy chairs. In the hunter-gatherer days of our ancestors, the average male walked 10K a day and females averaged
6K. Squatting was an everyday activity for doing tasks, eating meals and even going to the toilet that most cultures have all but eliminated from daily life. And it’s the deep squat that uses the gluteals more  effectively than any other movement.

Injured runners often test positively for gluteal inhibition or delayed recruitment patterns. Because the body is hardwired to keep us going, the nervous system simply recruits other muscles when the gluteals are not available. is over-activity of some muscles and under-activity of others can contribute to problems such as back pain, iliotibial band (IT) band dysfunction and plantar fasciitis. It is a paradox that pushing muscles to their limits may very well be the key contributor to muscular inhibition patterns that shut them down.

When the gluteals are weak, the hamstrings tend to get tight in compensation.

Commonly with back pain, the gluteals are weakened from reflex spinal inhibition. When the gluteals are weak, the hamstrings tend to get tight in compensation. Stretching often won’t lengthen or relax the hamstrings until the gluteals start doing their job. e hip flexors can also get tight, compensating for weak or inhibited gluteals. It may be a chicken-or-egg scenario. If you sit too much, the gluteals get weak and the hip flexors get shortened or tight. Tight hip flexors mean the hip can’t extend well, which makes it more di cult to get your gluteals  ring. Mix in lumbar  flexion from sitting in a slump and there is neurological inhibition to add to the dysfunction.

Manual muscle testing can assess how well your gluteals are working. Looking at muscular dominance patterns of movements like the hip bridge and single leg squat can give good information on how the body is recruiting muscles and expose compensation patterns.

Getting muscles to turn on again can be as simple as starting to use them again, but in many cases the nervous system requires a stimulus to overcome an ingrained faulty movement pattern. Muscle release techniques, activation and mobility exercises and dry needling or intramuscular stimulation (IMS) can all be used in concert to get the body moving optimally again.

Once a muscle starts to function again, repetition is needed to retrain the brain and nervous system’s motor pathways. Exercises such as bridges, squats and clamshells need to be done frequently under low to moderate loads to help retrain the movements.

Depending on sport and lifestyle goals, once muscles are being properly recruited they may need to be challenged through progressive functional movements with variable loads and speeds.Weighted squats, deadlifts, box jumps and kettlebell swings can all be progressive exercises for gluteal dysfunction, once muscles are actually recruiting normally and not using compensatory muscle patterns

Weighted squats, deadlifts, box jumps and kettlebell swings can all be progressive exercises for gluteal dysfunction, once muscles are actually recruiting normally and not using compensatory muscle patterns

— originally published in IMPACT Magazine, July/August 2016


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