Hip-hinging before and after

I’d mentioned in my previous update entry that I had good results with Esther Gokhake’s class, particularly with hip-hinging.

I recently got an email that our before-and-after photos were up on the class website, so I went to check them out.

The instructions were to bend forward like we were going to pick something up off the floor.

Before:

After:

I’m still bracing myself with my hand on my thigh, but I think it’s pretty obvious that the back is a lot better in the second photo.

I practice this 2 or 3 times a day and can now hip-hinge for about 30 seconds and I don’t need to brace with the hand on my leg.  Pretty awesome.

Here are some examples from Esther’s website of people doing hip-hinging naturally in their lives:

My hamstrings are too tight to have straight legs like the women above, but every little bit helps.

This exercise has really been a big help for me in loosening up the SI joint and getting some flexibility going in the low back.  Seriously, I was afraid to bend forward at all for over a year, so this is pretty awesome.

 

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