Hip Pain Movement Assessment using “The Shin Box” Position

Greetings Tribe,

It is not unusual for there to be a common “Pain Complaint” theme-of-the-week. Last week was “the foot”. This week was all about the hip.

  • anterior hip pain
  • piriformis pain
  • sciatic pain
  • hip & low back pain
  • & IT band pain (knee)

In the below class, I take you on a deep dive into the hip through the “Shin Box Exploration”. This class should not hurt. If you are currently experiencing hip pain, please contact me directly prior to following this video.

Assessment Assumptions
General hip pain will have a paradoxical cause/effect relationship to the function of human gait mechanics –

  • The compensatory inefficiency and imbalance within gait mechanics leads to an inflammatory response “with pain”. 


  • A new pain presents, leading to pain avoidance, compensation, imbalance, and dysfunction within gait mechanics… Eventually provoking the inflammatory response followed by increased levels of pain.
  • It quickly becomes the question of what came first “chicken or egg” (answer: the egg – a chicken is just an egg’s way of making another egg).

Inefficiencies and imbalances within gait mechanics will be felt on every level of human movement. From restorative to performative. It includes the physical (muscle, fascia, bone & joints). As well as mental and emotional.

When working with clients dealing with these common hip pain complaints, the “Shin Box Exploration” is one of my go-to movement assessments. As long as it is Not Painful, the Shin Box, as a  position, is a fantastic assessment of the complex three dimensional mobility/stability relationships between the hips and segmental spine.

For long term hip maintenance and health, a daily/weekly addition of the Shin Box Explore is a great way to smooth the compensations, imbalances, and dysfunctions within your gait mechanics.

Smoother gait mechanics = improved recovery and better performance.

Jesse James Retherford

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