The importance of relaxing your back
In the adult spine, there is a near-constant cycle of tension accumulation and release. But depending on the balance of our lifestyles, the factors which contribute to tension accumulation can win out. When this happens, our spines suffer- from compression of intervertebral discs and spinal nerves, to shortening and loss of strength in the muscles, almost everything about the tension cycle tends to reduce our spine’s innate mobility. One way to fight back against this cycle is to use relaxation to promote spinal mobility on a daily basis.
Making spinal mobility sexy again
Chances are the words “spinal mobility” don’t stir up the strongest of sentiments inside of you. But think of it this way: spinal mobility is a key to living your healthiest, longest life possible. One way to improve spinal mobility is to regularly relax the muscles which support the spine. A great movement for doing this involves a foam roller and is called the thoracic extension.
- Place the foam roller on the ground a lay on top of it with your upper back so that the foam roller is perpendicular to your body and your legs are straight.
- Cross your arms over your chest and allow all the muscles in your neck and shoulders to relax.
- If this position is uncomfortable, use a small pillow to support your head and neck.
- Rest in this position for up to 2 minutes.
- Bending your knees, roll your body on the foam roller from upper to lower back.
- Now repeat this rolling movement with your arms extended straight pointing over your head.
This simple sequence of foam rolling relaxation helps to improve spinal mobility on a daily basis. If you are interested in finding out more about a holistic lifestyle that is geared towards spinal health, give our office in Houston a call to schedule an appointment today.