How a collarbone fixes a hip

Joint painAnyone who knows anything of my training history, knows that my left hip is NOT happy going in to external rotation; I have problems putting weight on it in rotation, even in neutral with abduction, etc.  I’ve spent years blaming it on my high heels and abdominal surgeries (or on a bad day, I just whine that I’m cursed).

I finally hit the point where I needed to figure out what the problem is, as it was affecting my ability to do the things I want to do (parkour, rock-bottom squats, pistols). I was in my gym playing with hip rotation on both hips, trying a few things. I started going back through my history.

One of the first places to always look is the opposite joint, in this case the opposite shoulder. Nope, no shoulder problems. BUT, that is the side where broke my clavicle, and the clavicle meets up with the glenohumeral joint. Hmmm…. Can’t hurt to try.

Since the clavicle can’t really move on it’s own, it’s easiest to move the arm to get the clavicle to move. It doesn’t move much, but it does indeed move.  So, I applied pressure with my left hand on my right clavicle, and did a nice (unweighted) press with my right arm. Did a few reps, wanted to see what the felt like. Definitely didn’t feel like the other side. Applied pressure and played with it for a few minutes until the two felt similar.

Got up. Rotation: pain-free. Abduction: pain-free. HUGE SMILE. Now that I’m pain-free I can work on regaining that range of motion, which should be a pretty simple process now.

I broke that clavicle 25 years ago. While the fracture itself is definitely healed, my overall body had not recovered yet. It’s been great, my gait feels different, it’s fantastic to be able to move that way again.

About Jen Waak

Jen Waak is a health, wellness, and fitness coach that works with entrepreneurs and other crazy-busy professionals to help them have the bodies they want without having to give up their lives. Also the author of the Keyboard Athletes Guide to Pain Relief & Prevention, Jen lives, trains, and coaches in Seattle, WA.

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  1. That is SO FREAKING AMAZING! (and brilliant)

    That’s a whole new world. I am so totally stoked for you.

    I can’t wait to learn about bone rhythms. I kind of get the idea, but I got pneumonia and missed the last two days of R-Phase! We hadn’t gotten to bone rhythm yet!

    So I’m totally, totally can’t wait for R-Phase to come back to Denver, and then for the Denver I-Phase.

    I’ve caused some minor miracles with the limited amount of Z I know, I can’t wait to learn more!

  2. How totally great! That’s a really fun one. Love it!

  3. Thanks!

    Josh, I’m looking forward to you finishing up R-Phase and seeing how you can apply your mad new R and I-Phase skills to clients. It’s been over two years since I started Z, and I never cease to be amazed by the nervous system.

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