Does your back HURT?
Does it feel locked up and restricted?
Do your neck and shoulders hurt from sitting at your desk working?
Is your day-to-day performance and concentration being effected by it?
TRUST ME! I know exactly how you feel!!!
Read about my back pain experience!
My thoracic spine (or mid back – the area between the shoulder blades) gets REALLY tight. In my case its generally caused from work – being bent over patients for many many hours per week. And I admit, it is probably made worse by all the gym training and weight lifting I do causing muscle tightness, to top it all off! Back pain can be one of the worst pains to be dealing with, and if left untreated, it will only worsen.
I find that once it reaches the point where it really jams up, it effects my performance in the gym. It can effect my focus and concentration at work too, and more often than not gives me migraines! A cascade of nasty symptoms that can be avoided quite simply, and without giving up your work or the things you LOVE in life!
For this reason and in order to prevent back pain, I ALWAYS ensure I am mobilising my thoracic spine properly. In my case this needs to be done on ALL training days and on busy clinic days too (so basically everyday!)
We are all different, and we don’t all get pain in the same places at the same times, but from my clinical experience I can confidently confirm that thoracic tightness is the cause of many problems, some of them included shoulder injury. neck pain and lower back pain, along with many many more.
We have muscular and joint connections from head to two, so an injury, restriction or imbalance in one area can and mostly WILL effect another area. We don’t want this to happen, do we?
Implementing a simple maintenance program to your daily routine can make all the difference with the way you move and the way you FEEL! I’m here today to show you exactly how to do this with 1 easy thoracic stretch that EVERYBODY can do.
BEGIN LYING ON YOUR BACK WITH YOUR KNEES BENT, AND FEET FLAT ON THE FLOOR. HAVE A BALL (OR FOAM ROLLER, OR ROLLED UP TOWEL OR CUSHION) BEHIND YOU, BETWEEN YOUR SHOULDER BLADES. CRADLE YOUR HEAD/NECK AND STRETCH BACKWARDS OVER THE BALL. TUCK YOUR PELVIS UNDER. *LOOK AT ORANGE ARROWS* KEEPING THE SAME POSITION, ROTATE YOUR
SHOULDERS, NECK AND HEAD ONE WAY, AND THEN THE OTHER. REMEMBER TO STILL CRADLE YOUR HEAD AND NECK TO PREVENT MUSCLE INJURY.
Have a go at implementing these stretches into your daily routine, and let me know how you get on. I would love to hear from you.
Remember not to wait until you are in pain to start looking after yourself. A few minutes each day is all you need to move better, feel better and live better.
If you have any questions EMAIL me, I’m more than happy to help!
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