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Old 12-29-2009, 08:12 PM
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Flexibility

ok, so i've never been miss flexibility...a little history:

i was born with hip dysplasia (the ball and socket aren't developed properly). it was caught at 6 months and i wore a brace for six months.

the treatment was successful; i walk normally, both legs are the same length, etc. i was a long-distance runner for years...

fast-forward to today: after having my children, i noticed i'm even less flexible than before (probably just age too), but i literally cannot touch my toes. when sitting, i cannot lean forward towards my toes at all; i can barely sit straight up. it's like my hips are tilted leaning backwards...

anyway, who would i go see about this? chiropractor? ortho doctor? i'm just not sure where to begin. i know i'll never be gymnast-flexible, but good grief.
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:44 PM
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If it's a matter of being in pain when you try to touch your toes etc. I would go see an ortho doc. If it's just a matter of not being able to touch your toes due to inflexibility I would see about getting into Yoga. Flexibility can be changed and has to do with the the elasticity of tendons and ligaments. Some people have more elasticity than others but one can improve their own elasticity by range of motion activities and stretching exercises. Yoga is excellent for improving your range of motion.
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:51 PM
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yoga is a good idea. i'm not in pain when i try and lean forward and stretch; it's more my ligaments and tendons like you said. i was wondering about my hip placement; i'm sure it shifted after six deliveries of said children.

anyway, i'll start with yoga and see if it helps. i'm in taekwondo right now, and that's where i'm really noticing my lack o' flexibility.
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:13 PM
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Some people don't like chiros, but it really helped me awhile ago. If your lower back/hip area is "out of place" or whatever they would call it, spinal adjustments could possibly help you feel like you have better posture and alignment.

My chiropractor puts me in this harness that looks like a torture device, but it does improve my posture. He says I need it because I spend too much time on the computer. He might as well say AF.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:31 AM
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Yogayogayoga!

I used to be about as flexable as a stick. These days I can get both palms to the floor. If I grab behind my legs I can get my head to my knees.

That's after about a half a year of semi-regular yoga.
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My hips are tilted backwards too. I can touch my toes, but it's way harder than it should be considering I've done yoga for 7 years.

Yoga will help, but you could also do some basic stretching in the areas that are tight everyday. Sitting against a wall, legs out (to maintain good posture, so you stretch your hamstrings and not your back) is a good one. If that's too tough, lie down, bum against the wall, and put your legs straight up. (In both you're at a 90 degree angle - the difference is if your back is on the floor or on the wall).
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:03 AM
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thanks all

i'll try yoga and stretching more. the wall idea is a good one.
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I definitely agree with yoga but I will go one step farther and say to try Bikram's Yoga specifically. I have the same problems with flexibility in my hip area especially (but mine is due to a car accident years ago) and it has done wonders for me! Bikram's is performed in a hot room so you get even more limb and muscle flex plus you sweat out all your impurities. I it!
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:13 PM
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^ i'm going to give that a try; my friend does Bikram Yoga and swears by it.

...now to just find the time...
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