NERVE OR MUSCLE?
So often, we’re complaining of “tight hip flexors” or blaming our restrictions solely on the areas that FEEL tight.
However, just because something feels tight does NOT actually mean that is the issue!
So, while we waste away our time smashing into our gut and stretching away an issue that will come back the moment we move again, we might need to consider a different path...
This past weekend, I was at a wonderful course put on by @pelvicguru1 taught by @sclintonpt on connecting the pelvic floor with the upper cervical spine, thoracic spine, and diaphragm.
YES! IT’S ALL CONNECTED!
One thing that was brought up often throughout the course was our need for ROTATION.
We rotate even when we WALK🚶♀️
So, why do we typically only train in one motion?
Front/Back (squats, lunges, deadlifts, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, etc)
It is NECESSARY for our body to be able to rotate.
So, when you’re feeling stiffness in the neck, back and hips.
Rather than just stretching in the opposite direction, what if we started moving in multiple directions more often throughout the day?
When we stop moving in various ways throughout our body, not only do our muscles get tight, but our NERVES also get stiff!
And the wonderful thing about releasing restricted nerves?
It doesn’t take HOURS of holding stretches!
It just requires CONTINUAL maintenance to make sure things are all moving properly.
These 3 nerves require trunk rotation, trunk side bending and hip extension.
As we move from Level 1 - Level 3, we increase the tension at the top of the spine by first bending the arms around the head & then bending the neck and upper back.
Ek! It gets tight!!
DO NOT PUSH IT!!!!
Nerve glides are meant to be GENTLE & for the most part - COMFORTABLE.
Move through slow and carefully & try only about 5-10 reps to begin.
Assess how you feel.
The more often you do it, the better they’ll start to feel.
You may even notice you don’t have that “tight hip flexor” you’ve been complaining about 😉
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