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  • Ron Extends his Opinion on Back Extension in his new Blog - check it out!

    As a physical therapist who understands the problems and symptoms associated with low backs that are too extended or too deep, I feel troubled and uneasy when I see people with such extended backs. I find myself wanting to go up to strangers and persuade them to schedule an appointment with anyone they professionally trust, to help them understand what they can do to reduce the urge, need, or reason for arching their low back too much. Maybe I am just getting old, but I believe this is an epidemic. I travel a great deal, giving courses to physical therapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists, dentists, optometrists, etc. on Postural Restoration® and I see this extension epidemic, everywhere. Of course I have a cognitive bias toward those with deep backs, but again I really believe a significant amount of our respiratory, endurance and musculoskeletal issues arise from those who innocently do not know how to stop extending their backs.

    We have professionals in our world today who do know how to help you reduce this extension. The only requirement, “you” have to ask for that help. The question you need to ask them is, “Can you help me or help me find someone who will help me learn what I need to do to reduce my back extension?” These professionals exist; they may be a physical therapist, a massage therapist, a yoga instructor, a personal trainer, etc. Reach out and extend your search for these people so you can feel better and live with a body that is not fighting itself. By extending this inquiry, your back extension and everything reflected by it should reduce, such as your possible back and neck muscle tightness, your irritability, your sleeplessness, your hip pinch and knee pain.

    As humans we need other humans for help when our knowledge, education and ability are limited. Those who have as much passion as I do to reduce patterned and asymmetrical extension of the back are usually willing to integrate your daily activity in a highly demanding and physically challenging environment through “your” ability to do so. If you can’t find these passionate professionals, consider calling someone at the Hruska Clinic for consultation. They are physical therapists that will always keep your best interests and capabilities in mind and may actually need to consult with other professionals to reduce your extension. “Extend” this search today, so that you do “not need to extend” tomorrow.

    Ron Hruska

  • Ron’s new blog talks about rail road beams, city block markers, ribs and doorways… Hmmm…

    Ron just wrote a blog for the Postural Restoration Institute’s website. Click here to read his latest thoughts on rail road beams, city block markers, ribs and doorways…

  • Did you see “CARS II” over the weekend? Ron did & blogged about it: CARS II & Abdominal Cylinders…

    During the work week I have a great opportunity to consult with physical therapists at the Hruska Clinic regarding challenging patients. Friday, Dave Drummer DPT asked me to look at his last patient, whom he was having difficulty gaining flexibility at the hips. The patient’s left internal rotation was only 18 degrees, his straight leg raise across each hip was approximately 40 degrees and when he walked his legs and feet turned out.

    This medium built, active 56 year old, normal anthropometric individual played a lot of baseball in his youth and now plays tennis. He still could only squat while staying up on his toes, just as he did when he was a baseball catcher.

    I took my three grandchildren to Cars II this weekend and was reminded by Mater, the old tow truck, how important pistons are for power and freedom. This Pixar movie reflected on car parts, and that you don’t have to be dent-free to move fast, as long as your pistons are lubricated.

    What a way to end a work week and a weekend. Piston power was needed in Dave’s patient to open and relax his pelvic floor, so that his small hip external rotators were placed in a position that would allow him to internally rotate his legs for walking power and in aligned pistons. In Cars II, you won races with good lubricated aligned pistons.

    A piston is a cylinder or disk that fits snuggly into a cylinder and moves back and forth under fluid pressure. Dave’s patient had a cylinder, his thoracic-abdominal cavity that was too curved, or hyper-extended, and didn’t allow him to push his abdominal contents into his pelvic floor with his diaphragm, his cylindrical disc. His patient’s two diaphragms were poorly timed, and placed his pelvis in a position where his legs were in too much torque, affecting his respiration, thrust, flexibility and overall performance. His groin impingement decreased, his straight leg raises went to 80 degrees, and his leg internal rotation increased 10 degrees after he learned to squat with his heels down and reach forward with his hands to “straighten” out his cylinders. His pelvic floor power and position immediately became restored with every breath he took. This previous baseball catcher can now play tennis with two aligned cylinders.

    … maybe we all need to go to a Pixar movie to watch animated cars breathe and talk, so we can learn about the power of good respiratory and pelvic floor mechanics.