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Glute Activation Taping

Glute Activation Taping is a technique used to help strengthen and activate the muscles in the buttocks. By applying targeted, low stretch kinesiology tape, sensitive nerve endings and pressure points are stimulated, helping to reduce pain and tightness in the area. This method of taping is often used to treat muscle imbalances and activate weak glute muscles, helping to improve posture and athletics performance.

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This is Brent of the Brookbush
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Institute bringing you another
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kinesiology taping video. In this video
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we're going to go after a commonly under
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active muscle that's the glute max and
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glute medius and I should say muscles. So this
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is going to be a technique I use with
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those individuals who have lower
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extremity as well as lumbo-pelvic hip
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complex dysfunction. That could be
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anybody from knees cave in, to an
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anterior pelvic tilt, an excessive
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forward lean. We know that the glute
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complex has a propensity to get under
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active so this is a technique I'm going
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to use to reinforce those activation
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techniques during a session, and try to
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enhance my carryover from session to
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session. I'm gonna have my friend Melissa
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come out she's going to help me
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demonstrate this technique. Now this is a
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technique we want to be a little bit
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more sensitive with taping has to be
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done on the skin for it to be effective,
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and this is not an area that people want
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bared very often right. We need to
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let them know why we're doing this
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technique, we need to let them know that
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if they're not comfortable with the
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technique we'll find something else for
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them to do. We need to let them know what
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we expect to gain out of this technique
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so that they understand that why we're
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doing this, is that it has been proven
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effective in some individuals for the
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lower extremity a lumbo-pelvic hip
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complex dysfunction that they're
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exhibiting. So first things first what
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we're going to do is we're actually
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going to put a little asterisk over the
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side of like the glute max, top of the
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glute medius. Alright this little technique
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is something I learned at the rock tape
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workshop, the fascial movement taping
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workshop, happens to be one of the very
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few techniques that I've found effective
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for the glutes. I've tried putting
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one piece of tape across the glute max
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or one piece of tape across the glute
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medius, and it just doesn't work very well.
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There are some combination tapings that
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work pretty well for the glutes but they
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include things like the posterior
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oblique subsystem,
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or interesting relationships between
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like the diaphragm, TVA, thoracolumbar
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fascia and glute max. We're going to show
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those in future videos but you want to
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start with this technique which is
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specific to the glute max, is a very
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simple technique to learn and something
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that you can you can kind of start with,
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before you get into the more complex
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stuff. So first things first, since I'm
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putting an asterisk and not a single
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piece of tape, what you're going to want
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to do, is you got to cut three little
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pieces of tape that are actually going to fit
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in this area between the greater
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trochanter and posterior ilium. So
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probably just two and a half, three boxes
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for most individuals. Once you get that
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that length down you're just going to
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fold it over, so there's two pieces and
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then fold it over again, there's my three
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pieces. Go ahead and cut that, I'm going
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to round my corner so I don't have any
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edges that could catch on clothing, and you can
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do all three all at once, providing you
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got a good pair of fabric scissors.
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Notice that the whole time I was cutting
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these I didn't have the pants pulled
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down. You want to make sure that you're
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prepared so that the pants being
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pulled down to reveal that skin
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is a short a time as possible to keep
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this as comfortable as possible. Once i'm
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ready i'm going to go ahead and pull
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down, not all the way down but just to
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the greater trochanter here. I'm then
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rather than ripping off a corner like we
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have in the past to do one anchor, I'm
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going to rip in the middle. What you're
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going to do is refer to kind of like a
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decompression taping although that's not
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why we're using it here. You're going to
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pull out a little bit of tension so that
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would be a hundred percent tension, I'm
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gonna back off a little bit. I'm going to
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place my tape, rub my thumb right over
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the top so that the middle is stuck, and
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then to get my anchors I just pull the
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tape off the ends. Now remember I said an
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asterisk, so this next piece of tape
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isn't going to go perfectly cross, but a
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little at an angle to that piece of tape.
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And once again hundred percent, fifty
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percent, run my finger across the center
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so that that tape sticks down, and then
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I'm going to go ahead and pull the
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corners off. These pieces of tape are a
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little short guys but they'll still work
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for now.
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Last piece of tape, once again folding
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those pieces of paper back so that I have
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the center open, and then just my anchors
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are covered with paper, one hundred
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percent, back off a little bit, right in
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the middle there, anchor, and I'm going to
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pull this down just a little bit here.
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Anchor, and what I want to do is make sure
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I don't catch the bottom of that tape
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because that will rip the tape right off,
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and pull that right back up and over, and
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you guys don't have to rub this tape in
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quite like we rubbed in the other tapes,
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because frankly just sitting on her
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backside and their pants pulling tight
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against the skin is going to help warm
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up that adhesive, and keep this tape
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stuck. Thank you. Now guys I think the
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reason why this particular technique
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works, if you think about the shape that
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we just put on Melissa's backside there
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is that tape get stretched out during
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flexion. Alright, so in order to get away
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from that skin stretch you're going to
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want to extend, if you go into internal
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rotation and adduction that tape also
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gets stretched right. Because we have
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various directions going there. So I
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think if we think about this pattern is
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that typically bad pattern, what happens
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with lumbo-pelvic hip and lower leg this
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function right, this whole thing. That
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tape is nicely situated to give you a
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little stimulus like, hey hey get out of
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there, right which hopefully will give us
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a little bit more activity to the glutes
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since this tape stays on, hopefully
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that's a little bit more activity
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throughout the days that follow that
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session that you just did. So that you
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get better carry over for the next
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session. A little warning, i know a lot of
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personal trainers watch my videos,
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obviously if you're a physical therapist,
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a chiropractor, a licensed professional ,taking
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somebody's pants down as part of your
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profession, it is part of our education.
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We know that this is something we have
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to do for exams and what-not so that we
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can see and make assessments of things
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like skin integrity. Personal trainers
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it's not just about your professionalism
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here, please be very careful. The client
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that comes into
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see you is probably not expecting for
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you to even ask for them to pull the
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back of their pants down. So you need to
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make sure that it's not only you being
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professional, but the clients
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expectations that match. And if for any
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reason, my personal trainers, for any
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reason you get the vibe that this is not
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a comfortable situation -don't take the
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risk. Gluteus medius, gluteus maximus
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activation works. Doing those exercises
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as part of a home exercise works. I got
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results before I started using tape,
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that'll all work. Don't put your career,
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your job on the line because of a cool
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new technique you learned maybe on
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youtube, or brentbrookbush.com. I'm
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looking out for you guys on this one. So
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it is a wonderful technique. If you get
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the chance to experiment with it,
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probably try it on a few friends first
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and get very comfortable with it before
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you start trying it with other people.
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Once again lower extremity dysfunction,
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lower leg this function. From a clinical
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perspective that be individuals with
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things like knee pain, hip pain, even
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lumbar spine pain. I hope you guys
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enjoyed this video, I look forward to
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bringing you many more in the future.