Activities of daily living such as desk work, abdominal crunches, exercise programs with frequent flexion moments constantly cause the spine to flex and hip flexors to have a tendency to shorten. This often results in kyphotic posture and protracted shoulder girdle! An simple, yet demanding, movement pattern is the Banded Wall Climbers.

Through thousands of gait and motion analysis I have observed clients with limited hip range of motion in the transverse plane, particularly into internal hip rotation, are also tight in hip adduction of the frontal plane.  Many years ago I made the mistake of trying to improve hip internal rotation with various stretches and movement patterns that emphasized hip internal rotation.  The clients were uncomfortable and had limited success.

The body-wide fascial webbing connects the hips to the shoulders and affects movements involving those structures. For example, many throwers and golfers I have evaluated that present with an anterior shoulder limitation are actually tight in the opposite adductor, hip flexor, or oblique regions. There have been cases when the client is tight through internal rotation the same side hip

Anterior X-Factor

All motions involving rotation and extension run along the Anterior X-Factor. When viewing the anatomy of the adductors to the opposite pectoral and shoulder region, there is a relatively parallel line along these tissues. This Flexibility Highway runs from the adductor insertion on the linea aspera on the posterior femur and originates at the pubis ramus on the pelvis.

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