Daily Mobility Exercises by Dr. Kelly Starrett Forums General Anterior Pelvic Tilt – Right Side (mid correction) Re: Anterior Pelvic Tilt – Right Side (mid correction)

AvatarTyler Lindon

Jesse,  it’s clear you have been working on this for some time.   I agree completely that I am missing range of motion down the chain, as well as up the chain(psoas and lumbar).  One thing is certain at this point… Just when I think I have figured it out, I learn something new.  In the larger picture, what is happening is that as I correct one piece I am able to listen to my body and find the next ball of angry tissue which must be targeted next.  Keeping the positive changes in my tissues as I move forward through my dysfunction are what turns this from a game of whack a mole into something more a kin to Tetris. 

It is mind boggling to think that only 4 months ago, suffering from dual IT band syndrome and unable to run 400m without pain, to last month when I sloppily finished one of the toughest half marathons in the US, to today where I am well on track to getting stable hips in a fully extended, standing position.  We’ve often heard that the journey is what is important rather than the destination.  I often remind myself of these words of wisdom as I set and meet daily goals which bring me closer to a kung fu master, err… supple leopard.  

Kelley has several sayings that I’m glad he repeats because they have proven to be key in fixing my dysfunction thus far:
Feed slack into the system.
If it’s in a bad position get it in a good position – once it’s in a good position, get it moving.
Work upstream and downstream of the target area.
…and something about using the position you are trying to improve(in my case standing upright), to locate the stiff tissues, then isolate them and make some change.

I’ve had to humble myself substantially after learning that I can not get into a good standing position, p.e.r.i.o.d. My musculature is too short in key areas to allow for my hips to align and lock, my back and chest are so tight that my shoulders can’t do the same and my trunk is insanely tight which adds to all of the above as well as the inability to stabilize my spine, even if I could get into a good position.  Because I am symmetrically challenged I’ve learned to get the side I’m working on in a good position so that I can get the tissue change to happen.  Otherwise, it’s like mashing my body while wearing chain link armor.

It is only a matter of time before that voice in the back of my head wins out and I begin putting some serious time into my calves and ankles.  For now, I am finding it very difficult to get into a good position for a good calf smash.  Other dysfunction higher up the chain doesn’t allow me to get into a good position for very long to make the necessary change.  On that same note, I’ve found that pointing my toes in direction can make a world of difference when you are fighting through some nasty stuff.  Probably has something to do with how it’s all connected.  😉  Once I have enough slack in the midsection, I hope to feed some down and up the chain.

I’ll look into the elliptical recommendation.  For now, I have begun taking long walks in order to further find problems and address them.  Good luck to you!!