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    Unhappy Left oblique exercises

    Hi All,

    I have an issue with a rotated pelvis (points to the left), and consequently my right oblique does ALL the work, even when walking.

    I am currently seeing a physio (have seen 4 different ones in the past), an osteopath, and a chiropractor.

    I am also doing the exercises from posturedirect dot com that refer to fixing a rotated pelvis, but the right side always kicks in.

    Do any of you have a weights-based exercise that would isolate my left side only?
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    I'm betting that your osteopath would take a dim view of only trying to exercise one side. It's seldom the solution to such problems. Just do the exercises they prescribe. If they didn't prescribe any, see a sports physiotherapist.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    I'm betting that your osteopath would take a dim view of only trying to exercise one side. It's seldom the solution to such problems. Just do the exercises they prescribe. If they didn't prescribe any, see a sports physiotherapist.
    I have seen a sports physio as well. I'm doing the exercises prescribed but I can't turn off my right side and engage the left, so the exercises are strengthening my right side.

    Edit: Actually the osteopath has been the most helpful so far by balancing both sides out for me and giving some relief, but I am unable to maintain it. He hasn't suggested exercising one side - this is my last hope to feel something on my left side.
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    If all those professionals did not recommend it, perhaps it's not the way to go. You could actually make things worse if you go off piste.

    Maybe this will throw some light on the situation.
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    FYI - I super appreciate you replying to me, and I'm not trying to be argumentative.

    So, I should have prefaced my original post with this:
    - I have sacralization on the right side, pulling my right hip up
    - I have hypermobility which makes the sacralization a lot worse
    - My whole body is slightly rotated to the point where the cartilage in my upper ribs/chest will pop out slightly and I have to push it back in to breathe properly
    - the misalignment has impacted my feet and 2yrs ago I had the tendons in both feet reconstructed.

    The physios aren't able to cope with the ****show that is my body, but they help the best they can.

    My frustration is that my right side carries all my weight when I do the prescribed exercises.

    It is pretty bad, to the point where when I push a shopping trolley, it veers to the left instead of going straight.

    I have found that using weights helps me isolate and feel individual muscles. I just haven't figured out how to engage the left side.
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    I personally don't like these machines, but given what you're describing if you can find a gym with a torso / oblique twist machine you may be able to isolate your left obliques without the right side taking over. That being said, you should check with your doctor and other professionals before trying it. It also sounds like your issue goes beyond obliques.

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    OK, I had to look that up, it looks like a serious skeletal condition.

    Can you post the exercises that you do? I need to establish what movements you need to improve - it may not only involve the obliques, probably a whole chain of muscles.
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    Originally Posted by Search_ View Post
    FYI - I super appreciate you replying to me, and I'm not trying to be argumentative.

    So, I should have prefaced my original post with this:
    - I have sacralization on the right side, pulling my right hip up
    - I have hypermobility which makes the sacralization a lot worse
    - My whole body is slightly rotated to the point where the cartilage in my upper ribs/chest will pop out slightly and I have to push it back in to breathe properly
    - the misalignment has impacted my feet and 2yrs ago I had the tendons in both feet reconstructed.

    The physios aren't able to cope with the ****show that is my body, but they help the best they can.

    My frustration is that my right side carries all my weight when I do the prescribed exercises.

    It is pretty bad, to the point where when I push a shopping trolley, it veers to the left instead of going straight.

    I have found that using weights helps me isolate and feel individual muscles. I just haven't figured out how to engage the left side.
    Taking with caution as I'm not fully aware of the exact medical requirements of your training.
    But heavy barbell holds in one hand can be good for strengthining the obliques in a static position, I feel safer recommending that for one side since it just involves holding the static position you want to work towards rather than any rotational work that might have other effects.
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    So, I can't link to things - so I have uploaded PDFs.

    Pelvis-stretch.pdf
    Mike-physio.pdf

    I also do the Chris Heria "Perfect Abs and Obliques Workout for Beginners" on youtube (note - I only do what I can, I can't keep up with the video)

    I know the PDFs are mostly glute exercises - but I am told (by physios) that activating the glutes will be the first step in pulling the left side forward. And I skip the reformer exercises because I don't have a reformer at home and the physio is corona-closed.
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