Unique leg Problem(I think) need advice

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Unique leg Problem(I think) need advice

Postby Jamus » Jan 28, 2011 20:18

Hello everyone, The big question is after I describe everything will be whether or not I will be able to ever do Isometrics safely and achieve Full side and front splits(particularily side)? Well I am 27 years old and active most of my life and have been practiceing Tae Kwon Do since 2007. I picked up Mr. kurz's Stretching Scientifically and Secrets of Stretching DVD last year. I could do the flexibility potential test at the back of the Book with no problems at all. Dynamic stretching with leg swings/kicks are no real problem at all either. I was quick to learn that I needed to do more strength training for the legs in order to preform isometrics properly and safely (I know I am not ready).
Now to the problem. My legs, as far back as I can remember since I was a child, have been from the hip rotated outwards(for those of you who have the book Stretching Scientifically see page 110 where the feet rotate outwards). My body naturally wants me to do this however I can make them point forwards anytime.It does look a little strange when I walk though it isn't always so obviousto others. I have seen a physiotherapist and she showed me a technique to help release the muscles (middle region of the hamstrings and adductors and upper part of glutes which are a cause of problems when I try to strenghten them specifically not even touching isometrics) and said to do this instead of strengthening the adductors and to avoid isometrics altoegther because according to her, my muscles are already under super tense and need to be loosened up even though she said that general strength exercises are ok like squats,lunges, deadlifts. I have always been able to get very low in a martial arts front split(3-4 inches from the floor And been stuck at this plateau).I won't try any isometrics until my legs get stronger of course. I should also mention that I can do alot of static passive stretches in the legs and not really feel them such as butterfly(my legs/knees drop right to the floor pretty much.) and standing quad stretch(page 85,Stretching Scientifically) as well as many more involving the hips region.That was How I can best describe my problem here.
Unless I missed something somewhere,I am wondering because my hips are so loose certain muscles have become super tight and aren't used the way they were intended and even hurt causing knee pain and tightness lasting for weeks (when I stregthen my adductors) but squats and other general strength exercises seem alright, whether I should just keep doing general strength exercises and eventually try to incorporate isolated strength exercises (for adductors, hamstrings)or just give up on trying to achieve side spilts? I'll try to keep the relaxation techniques up along with the general strength exercises. I'll try to answer any other questions I can if you have them too but if anyone has any advice that would be great.
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Re: Unique leg Problem(I think) need advice

Postby Jamus » May 04, 2011 20:33

Ok.It's my ligaments in my hips which are very loose and not much can be done about it so I am told. I have taken quite a bit of time off not exercising so all leg pain is gone. So now I can return to doing all that which I stopped for several months.
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Re: Unique leg Problem(I think) need advice

Postby Thomas Kurz » May 06, 2011 09:46

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Re: Unique leg Problem(I think) need advice

Postby Jamus » Nov 10, 2011 20:32

Ok. I got the knee problem of sorted out after I saw a sports medicine specialist. He recommended a program of drop squats for my knees which were really bothering me the most and it appears to be working to treat patellofemoral syndrome which is what I have. So I can do a bit more than I could previously.
As for my hips, they are not bothering me at the moment which is good.
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