Functional Training Institute

Series: Lower body banded distractions #2

Video #2: Rocking Pigeon

A pigeon stretch with a posterior banded distraction combines the traditional pigeon stretch, a popular yoga pose known for its deep hip opening and stretching benefits, with the application of a band to provide posterior distraction. This means the band pulls the hip being stretched in a backward direction, away from the front of the body. This technique enhances the stretch by applying a gentle force that encourages further opening and mobilization of the hip joint.

Here are the next 2 benefits of incorporating banded distractions into your routine:

Improved Circulation: The gentle pulling action can enhance blood flow to the area, which aids in the healing process by bringing in nutrients and removing waste products from the tissues.

Enhanced Synovial Fluid Movement: Synovial fluid is a lubricating fluid within joints that helps reduce friction between the articular cartilage of synovial joints during movement. Distraction techniques can help mobilize synovial fluid, thereby improving lubrication and nutrient exchange within the joint.

Learn more about joint distraction science and methods through our ‘Movement Preparation’ certificate.

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