Hip Range of Motion

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Among 203 joints in the human body, the hip joint is considered to be one of the most important as the hip joints carry the majority our weight when we sit to study, stand to stretch, walk to receive a diploma, and run to get into shape.

Appropriate stretching will help boost range of motion. The photos and instructions below provide a guide of how to properly stretch the hips through internal and external rotation.  For both movements, you will need to place a bolster underneath the leg of your client who is sitting up right for true hip and femur alignment.

INTERNAL ROTATION

Step One: The axis on the lower border of the kneecap, the goniometer’s stationary arm in line with the tibia, and the goniometer’s moveable arm is placed straight up.

Step Two: Have your client shift their foot outward. Keeping the goniometer’s stationary arm up to receive the hip internal rotation.

EXTERNAL ROTATION

Step One: The axis on the lower border of the kneecap, the goniometer’s stationary arm in line with the tibia, and the goniometer’s moveable arm is placed straight up.

Step Two: Have your client shift their foot inward. Keeping the goniometer’s stationary arm up to receive the hip external rotation.

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