PNF for Lumbar Flexion in Quadruped: Restore Toe Touch and Lumbar Dissociation | Modern Manual Therapy Blog

PNF for Lumbar Flexion in Quadruped: Restore Toe Touch and Lumbar Dissociation


Rehab has embraced the hip hinge. Yes, it's important to teach hip dissociation from the lumbar spine when lumbar movement, particularly flexion is threatening and triggers output of pain. However, at some point, lumbar movement needs to be restored in a threat free manner. Toe touch and dissociation of lumbar spine flexion from the hips is often forgotten.

This is how I would educate the patient. "When hip hinges are practiced too much, you often lose the ability to actually flex at the lumbar spine. Every joint needs to move to remain healthy as long as it's non threatening or done in excess to the point of injury."

PNF for Lumbar Flexion and Toe Touch

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