It appears to be the simplest of physical movements – touching the toes. But if a person is not able to do so, such inability could prevent him or her from doing more complex workouts. Toe touching needs to be done without any bending of the knees; it involves a pattern that is multi-segmental involving smooth movement from the spine and hips.
A check on inability to touch toes
If your client is unable to touch his or her toes, there are a few simple movements to check the problem. From belly breathing when lying down, to foam rolling, to touching of toes on single leg, to test ability to sit for a longish period – all these movements will help you to assess why the client cannot touch his or her toes, as also if the problem involves one or both legs.
Probable causes for inability to touch toes
During classes at Dangerously Fit Boot Camp in Bondi you will have learnt that the human body’s relationship between stable and mobile segments is linked – travelling from the feet right up to the spine. If there is any dysfunction in the anatomical region it could cause the client to experience lower back pain when they bend forward.
This in turn prevents ability to touch the toes. If such a problem exists the client may suffer from limited movement in the cervical spine, lumbar or thoracic areas. Or the client may not be able to exhibit proper co-ordination from the spine and trunk area.
Breathing patterns might also be limited. Because of the above mentioned probable causes for such dysfunctions, as a fitness coach from dangerouslyfit.com.au/personal-trainer you need to identify any of the signs and help the client to overcome such abnormalities with appropriate exercises.
Helpful exercises to enable toe-touching
- The straight leg active raise involves the client lying on his or her back and raising the leg out straight. The range achieved while lifting should be around 70-80 degrees.
- In case the client has a tight hips problem, get him or her in a kneeling glute position. With one foot behind the knee opposite to ensure mobility, the hips should be rocked back and then returned to the starting position.
- Make the client lie down and anchor his or her foot with a rubber band to stable source behind. The client should then try to raise his or her legs using the band for resistance.
- In the event the client is suffering a problem of tight hips, performing dead-lifting could prove a problem. Make the client go on all fours and place one foot behind the knee opposite. While in this position the hip has to be rocked back and then returned to the original position.
- If the client has a problem with spine flexion, get him or her into quadruped position sitting back on the heels and then flexing the spine. If a good uniform curve is not observed it could be due a mobility problem in spinal flexion.
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Do not underrate the inability of a client not being able to touch his or her toes. Though it is a simple exercise, inability to do the same could be due to lack of hamstring flexibility affecting overall good movement.