Elevated Eccentric Pigeon Kinetic Stretching

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Elevated Eccentric Pigeon _ The pigeon pose is a movement that is usually a big indicator to me of my hip health. I've had on-and-off pain in the past with my right hip starting from my early kettlebell training days when I was doing hundreds of two-handed swings every week. Frequent loaded pigeons (either alone or when performed within a hip 90/90 kinetic stretching sequence) during active recovery workouts have fortunately been able to keep this pain away for a while now though. Here I'm just performing the eccentric portion, controlling my descent using the muscles of my elevated right leg and slightly assisting with my back leg. _ I've been finding it easier to frame the condition commonly known as piriformis syndrome more in terms of how well one can tolerate hip flexion/external rotation/adduction, as opposed to referring to specific anatomy or that there is something pathologic going on with the piriformis muscle itself. When one eventually recovers from this condition, are we actually making any changes to the piriformis itself or even targeting it specifically? I think sometimes yes (along with various other deep gluteal muscles) and sometimes no. But regardless of the structure(s) involved, this is a movement that we're looking to restore and to decrease pain in. You probably hear this phrase frequently--treat the issue, not the tissue. _ Lastly I think "eccentric pigeon" is one of the funnier exercise names I've heard...I imagine a crazy-haired mad scientist pigeon doing crazy experiments in the woods or something like that #ClinicalAthlete

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