Repost a series of stories we posted a month ago on a running analysis and subsequent running correction + drills I used with a collegiate cross country runner. Would love to hear what you guys think.🔊 Sound off in the comments!
With movement correction you can work up or down the chain. Typically with runners I'll start with a bottoms up approach as correcting the lower extremity will usually improve trunk mechanics. However for her, look at her arm carriage. You'll notice a big discrepancy and increased left rotation that manifests due to her left sided scoliosis. So for her, we worked on trunk mechanics first to hopefully clear things up down the chain.
While the literature regarding sacro-iliac joint obliquities isn't the best, for someone with scoliosis there will be side to side discrepancies due to increased muscle tone and the body doing what it does best - compensate and take the path of least resistance. She appeared to visually have a R anteriorly rotated innominate so we worked on right TFL and iliopsoas and left hamstrings. Followed up with lots and lots of motor control work to engage her right abdominals and right gluteals and maintain a more "neutral" spine and pelvis alignment in weight bearing positions. The video far RIGHT shows one of the drills we did.
We all NEED to spend more time looking at MOVEMENT. I'm guilty - I get carried away with strength strength strength. Will increasing strength most likely get people out of pain and moving better? Yes. But true strength gains take 10-12 weeks and unless you have blood flow restriction @smarttoolsusa (get on it if you don't), that's way too long. This collegiate runner got back to runner in 2 weeks and it would be foolish of me to say she got "stronger" in that timeframe. She simply learned to MOVE BETTER. Thanks @susanfupt for the guidance.