“Self Mobilization 🔥Tag someone with Upper Back Pain!!!”
#SelfMobilization 🔥Tag someone with #UpperBackPain!!! Mid/Upper back rotation is one of the most limited movements for a majority of the population. This technique is AWESOME for opening up your thoracic spine (mid and upper back) and the ribs. You will also get a massive stretch in the lower back, mid back, and chest muscles. If you don’t have this fancy stick, you can just use a broom stick, PVC pipe, a tree branch, or a friend! .
The reason we did this movement in this “child’s pose” position is because it locks down your pelvis and hips so that your lower body doesn’t move. It will force you to have to rotate through your upper body. As you rotate into this stretch, you may get a lot of pops and cracks through the mid back. This is considered a “self-mobilization” and is similar to popping your knuckles. It may help to give you some temporary range of motion in the mid back.
Do you have musculoskeletal pain elsewhere in the body? Even if you don’t have any mid/upper back pain, improving your thoracic rotation may help to reduce your pain everywhere else! Why? Most people lack thoracic rotation, so… if you are trying to rotate and move around throughout your day, your body will HAVE to make up for your lack of thoracic rotation elsewhere. Maybe it is your knee, shoulder, lower back, hips, or ankle that is trying to make up for your lack of mid back rotation… BOOM… your knee or shoulder suddenly starts to hurt. Sure, it could be a torn meniscus or shoulder impingement, but the actual cause of the issue may be because of a limitation elsewhere in the body. .
Keep in mind that this principal can apply to any part of the body. If you lack hip rotation, your body will have to make it up in other ways!
💻Written by Andrew Dettelbach @MoveUShirtlessDude 🤪
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