37 Hip Circumduction


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Lack of mobility in hip joint.
Need for increased mobility (dancers, athletes, etc.).



Go slowly and get feedback. Stay within your client’s comfort range. Do not circumduct as far medially with your male clients. Be careful not to hyperextend your clients knee.



With your client supine, use your inside hand to hold your client’s ankle on an imaginary line going inferior from hip joint. Use your outside hand to guide your client’s knee around in as wide an arc as possible, emphasizing the stretch in the superior and lateral directions. Outside hand must slide under knee as it extends to prevent hyperextension (ouch!), and must move out from under the knee as it flexes to allow full flexion. Go both directions as there may be clicks and crunchies in one direction and not the other. Please drape your clients securely for this movement.

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