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Old 09-12-2011, 04:49 PM   #1
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Question Car drivers...

When you're driving, or waiting for lights etc, do you rest your leg towards the driver's door (the side of the road you drive on will dictate which leg that is)? Splaying the legs for comfort also counts as resting the leg.





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When sitting in a car the driver's leg normally turns outward toward the door panel and the foot curls up under the steering wheel; this causes the soleus muscle to go into spasm, the IT Band and the Piriformis muscle also go into spasm which can then lead to compression in the lower back (L4/L5) most notably you'll bulge discs to the side that you are not turning the leg toward (left-side driver, rightside disc bulge and vice versa) which will then cause a pelvic tilt which appears to give you a leg length discrepancy.

One way to address the issue, to prevent this occurring, is to place a block of foam between your thigh/leg and the door so that external rotation of the hip cannot take place.

Whilst it may not seem a lot, people spend a lot of time seated and this has an impact on training; it may not be your training that is causing your lower back issues but your seated position. The same seated position then gets transferred to desk work and the biomechanics of the body are totally off when you stand up; a block placed between the thighs can help in this situation.


All of the muscles, areas mentioned above, need to be addressed and strengthened as well as lengthened, through appropriate exercises as well as a need for addressing the seated posture, all of which will have a great carry-over to your training.



I hope that has helped.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:11 PM   #2
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When you're driving, or waiting for lights etc, do you rest your leg towards the driver's door (the side of the road you drive on will dictate which leg that is)?
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This would also mean that you possibly sit in much the same way when in a normal chair (office style hard plastic chair), with the legs comfortably turned outward, or at least one of them.

Stay tuned! Once I've watched the DVD again, I'll add the info in to the first post...hopefully by Friday/Saturday at the latest.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:52 PM   #4
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This would also mean that you possibly sit in much the same way when in a normal chair (office style hard plastic chair), with the legs comfortably turned outward, or at least one of them.
Yes, actually, I rarely sit on furniture. I tend sit on the floor, usually in a butterfly or double lateral split.
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Yes, actually, I rarely sit on furniture. I tend sit on the floor, usually in a butterfly or double lateral split.
LOL, snap, I seldom sit on chairs, I prefer the floor too...I used to sleep on the floor, when I went to hospital that bed seemed mighty high off the ground Anyway, I digress...


...sitting on the floor may be slightly different because both legs will be taking equal strain with a solid base, unlike on a seat/chair, as long as the leg that's on top is swapped to make both sides get even over and under positions since there is more stress placed on the topmost (I think) leg in the crossed leg position.
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I do. Cars never seem to have enough leg room for me.
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I do. Cars never seem to have enough leg room for me.
Then the info will be of interest; I'm not posting it yet because I want to be accurate as to which muscles it is that are addressed on the DVD and I can't remember off the top of my head, so once I've rewatched it, I can take notes and edit the first post accordingly with info that will be of benefit.

I was surprised though, when I sat and thought about all the people I see waiting in doctor's waiting areas and the way they sit; it rung a bell.
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I drive with my left foot flat on the floorboard and leg at a 90 degree angle. My right leg (gas pedal) is slung out. And now that you mention it, that's the same way I sit in chairs. Weird.
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I'm pretty sure I do. Will double check on the drive home.

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I dont know, but you can bet your butt I will be thinking about it when i drive home

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