Dr. Adam Meisenhelder of Back In Motion Chiropractic & Sports Rehab in Beaverton, Oregon demonstrates passive end-range lift-offs of the hip.
Passive end-range lift-offs continue on the hip mobility series featured in previous video blogs. It takes us from general mobility/range of motion improvement work into the beginning of joint stability training. As discussed earlier, flexibility is of no use to us without the motor development to control that new range of motion. Without control, injury will be much more likely to occur in the extremes of joint range.
Typical functional training focuses on mid-range control and motor development, while largely ignoring the end range. While mid-range development is important, one must devote training time to the end-range also. This is the power of the functional range conditioning system, and specifically passive end-range training.
While this particular exercise is entry level, it is quite challenging. Don't worry if you are unable to lift your leg off of the ground during either the internal or externally rotated hip position. There is still a lot of benefit to contracting the muscles forcefully in an attempt to lift the leg - an isometric contraction. Do what you can do, and modify as needed.
If you have any questions on how to properly perform this movement or on specific modifications, please check with our wonderful staff. Good luck and happy training!
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