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PAIN-FREE The goal:


on the trail


| BY MICHAEL C. BEESLEY, lmt, cnmt, cest


RIDING


T e ability to move effi ciently calls for having a comfortable and pain-free range of motion within all of your body’s moving parts. T e ideal human posture maintains equal strength, fl exibility and ambidexterity in each diagonal pair of limbs (i.e., leſt arm, right leg) throughout life. However, we bipeds oſt en favor a particular diagonal, which becomes our dominant side | We tend to carry objects on the same shoulder or hip as our dominant side, which becomes stronger, shiſt ing weight onto the other, “grounded” leg, which is then forced to carry more than its share of the weight. Eventually this leg collapses due to overuse syndrome. Over time, laterally corresponding muscle tissues are no longer equal in bulk, length, tone and range of motion, and eventually this dominant leg collapses due to overuse syndrome (i.e., repetitive use). | It does not mat er whether you are rider, horse, driver or driven—where pain is present motion is limited, and performance suff ers.


30 June | July 2010 • WWW.TRAILBLAZERMAGAZINE.US


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