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Today, a client of mine with neurological deficits affecting her balance and coordination reiterated her need for exercises to improve her balance.

She pulled out a publication for seniors, L’âge d’or (The Golden Age), and showed me a page she had dog-eared: a grey-haired senior stretching her quads in the standing position, one hand on the wall for support.

« Would this exercise help my balance? », she asked hopefully.

Standing quads stretch.

I started to explain that this was not an exercise for balance but rather for flexibility. As I spoke, I demonstrated. I lifted my right leg, knee bent behind me and reached for my Skechers-clad foot. To my horror, I could not reach the foot and in my attempt to prove that I, experienced physiotherapist that I am, could do what I say, lunged for said foot, performing a reckless rotation/side bend of my trunk, causing the quadratus lumborum of my right flank to go into immediate spasm. I promptly lost my balance as my horrified client looked on.

Nope, not good for balance at all. 🙄

P.S. You will have to google quadratus lumborum for more information. I ain’t posting a picture of mine. Let’s just say it hurt where my love handle articulates.

8 thoughts on “Use It or Lose It

  1. Live & Learn says:

    I’m listening Sharon!

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    1. bogeyandruby says:

      Good! By the way, can you reach your foot from behind? 😉


      1. Live & Learn says:

        Of course not. I can’t reach it from the front.

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      2. bogeyandruby says:

        I feel oddly comforted by that. Like I’m suddenly not alone in a sinking ship. 😂


      3. Live & Learn says:

        Just should of being grounded! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      4. bogeyandruby says:

        Grounded is good, feet touching the ground. Straight down, like a column. Who cares if we can’t touch our feet in other ways?


  2. Ian Hanchet says:

    “quadratus lumborum” is not something one sees every day.Actually, never until now. I love your quadratus lumborum anyway.


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