Mid back Release.⁣⁣
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That slouching life reduces mobility in the opposite direction👉🏽👉🏽 Thoracic Extension. ⁣⁣

When we slouch (thoracic flexion), we put excessive strain on the muscles in the mid back and the neck because the weight of our bodies is held forward.

We slouch when we do office work, social media, housework and raising small children.

However, thoracic extension (standing up straight and the ability to extend backwards) is important for healthy posture.⁣⁣
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When lifting things, you need to set your scapula (shoulder blades) back and down and this can only really be achieved if you have healthy mobility in this area.⁣⁣

Not only that, long-term slouching can lead to chronic pain that can manifest as headaches, migraines, rib pain, shortness of breath and tension in the neck and upper traps.
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Using the B roller by B Yoga I am doing a dynamic release of my midback while also opening up my chest muscles and working on core.

⁣⁣It is a self-massage, stretching and strengthening exercise all in one.
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I love this product because it has a smaller diameter than a foam roller and it is made of cork! ⁣⁣

The design is compact and it’s aesthetically pleasing.
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Try this exercise with tools around your house and let me know how much taller and energized you feel.⁣⁣
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Video by ivivi media

Want to learn something interesting? I’ve treated talented riders with postural issues resulting in low back pain. What I noticed however, is that ALL of my low back and stressed out patients are trying so desperately to stay on their “horse”.That’s right. It’s invisible.

In an attempt to stabilize our body because of weak #abdominals and a weak mid back, we grip and strain our muscles in our neck, pecs, arms and hands to hold on the reins. We overuse our deep hip flexors called the #psoad, our deep hip rotators of the hip and our adductors in our inner thighs to squeeze the body of the horse.
This is an unhealthy strategy and it’s also an emotional one. As a consequence we throw ourselves into #chronic misalignment and this will manifest as chronic headaches, TMJ pain, neck pain, thoracic outlet syndrome, snapping hip, low back pain, shallow breathing, rib joint dysfunction, sciatica, hip pain and generalized stiffness.
For this reason, I myofascially release these muscles with my hands or acupuncture, realign the joints with chiropractic adjustments and teach the body to maintain alignment with Kinesiotape and Pilates.
It’s a commitment. Have the right team on your side to get you healthy. Realign. Strengthen. Live your Life. 20141208-074403-27843564.jpg

Step one: Stop cheating in your alignment

The iliopsoas muscle is the deep hip flexor muscle that attaches to your low back (lumbar spine) and deep into your hip (femoral head). This muscle gets tight from overuse from sitting and physical activity. When this tight is chronically tight, your abdominal muscles are unable to stabilize your spine for posture and you can potentially develop chronic low back pain, hip pain and even pain or numbness and tingling down your leg! Tight psoas muscles are a common issue that I treat in my office.

I would argue that most people don’t know how to isolate this muscle to stretch it. Watch this video to learn my simple and easy tip to relieve strain and tension.

If you found this video useful, you can find more tips on my twitter/instagram @drblessyl and Facebook!

Realign. Strengthen. Live your Life.
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