Top 5 Stretches

 

Seated Rotation    To choose simply five stretches is difficult. I’ve found the body as a whole requires a large amount of timePecMinorSeries and varied movements to effect change, but there are a few, in my opinion, that are important. In no particular order, stretch number one would be Thoracic Spine. Bad posture and daily activities can leave our spine locked up. In the Thoracic Spine I feel it is important to not only stretch flexion and extension, but rotation as well. A few examples being; cat-cow and seated rotations. Next, because we are a society with so many jobs requiring being seated for long periods of time, I love the Couch Stretch. This somewhat aggressive stretch PecMajorSeriesreally helps open up the shortened fascia in the anterior hip, which can also really help low back pain. This movement is important to not lose extension in the hips, especially for things like running. Along those same lines of posture and always being seated, out chest and shoulders tend to become internally rotated, putting them in a vulnerable position, and creating strain on the upper back and neck.So I think a multitude of Pectoral stretches are great, and try to hit Pec Major and Pec Minor. With our hips truly being the median for our entire body, it’s no secret that they have to work incredible hard to keep us balanced, mobile human being. I like the Pigeon stretch for loosening up the glutes and side hip, another source or low back pain. Lastly, an often neglected area is our feet. Lack of plantarflexion and dorsiflexion can ruin your squat and cause problems down the road like plantafasciatis. So I like Screaming Toes stretch because it can help elongate the extremely tight fibers of the foot and lower leg. I certainly don’t feel these stretches are a cure all, but, if you only have 10 minutes these can be great maintenance until you have time for more targeted approaches.ScreamingToesCouch

 

 

 

 

 

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