25Jan, 2016

Glute Activation- Are your glutes causing your back pain?

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Who should do glute activation exercises? Athletes of all kinds, especially those looking to build power and strength People who sit many hours in a day People with hip, knee, or low back pain   Why do I need to activate my glutes? The muscles around your hip all have different jobs. Some are responsible for small movements and others are responsible for big powerful movements. When your glute muscles aren’t firing properly, the other muscles attempt to do the job for them. These muscles become overworked and can cause […]
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11Jan, 2016

Cat Camel Spine Stretch

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Who should do cat camel? Everyone because it is a full spine stretch that is great for general stiffness and midback tightness… who does not have that? The cat camel stretch is safe to do when you are stiff, sore or even recovering from an injury. As with most stretches or exercises, only do what feels best for your body. If you experience sharp pain or anything more than mild discomfort you may need to limit how much you move or see your doctor for advice before continuing this stretch. […]
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10Jan, 2016

How to Foam Roll Your IT Band

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Who should foam roll their IT Band? Runners, or sports that include running Dancers People with hip, knee, or low back pain What is an IT Band? Your IT Band is a thick band of connective tissue that connects a muscle in your hip to your knee. The important parts to roll out are mostly located in your hip and glute area. How to foam roll your IT Band So your chiropractor, physical therapist, coach or trainer told you to roll out your IT Band? You’re probably wondering what an […]
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2Dec, 2015

Brugger’s Posture Exercise

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Who should do Brugger’s Anyone who sits at a desk all day texts or plays on a phone a lot carries children thinks they have bad posture How to do Brugger’s Roll your shoulders back and down, keeping them away from your ears. From this position, squeeze your shoulder blades together toward your spine, as if you are trying to get them to touch. 3 sets of 10, repeat 3x daily. Why do Brugger’s strengthens the under worked muscles in your back helps to eliminate upper back pain like pressing […]
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2Dec, 2015

Pendulum Swing Shoulder Exercise

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Who should do Pendulum Swings for a shoulder exercise? Anyone with shoulder pain or stiffness How to do a Pendulum Swing: With a small weighted object (full water bottle or free weight) in your hand, stand in a supported lunge stance and let your arm hang towards the floor. Keeping your arm as relaxed as possible, swing your arm in a circular pattern. Why do Pendulum Swings? The water bottle or free weight gives the shoulder a little distraction and the swinging helps with range of motion. This is one […]
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2Dec, 2015

Door Frame Shoulder Stretch

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Who should do this door frame stretch? Anyone who sits at a desk all day texts or plays on a phone a lot carries children thinks they have bad posture How to do a door frame stretch Place your hands on both sides of a door frame above your head. Take small steps forward until you feel a stretching feeling across your chest. Why stretch in a door frame? This will stretch out your pec muscles which are tight after sitting all day. This is one of several stretches in […]
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2Dec, 2015

Reach Behind Back Shoulder Stretch

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Who should do the Reach Behind Back Shoulder Stretch? Anyone who sits at a desk all day texts or plays on a phone a lot carries children thinks they have bad posture How to do the Reach Behind Back Shoulder Stretch Reach one arm overhead and bend your elbow, attempting to place your hand against your spine. Bend the elbow of the other arm and reach toward your first hand, attempting to touch your fingers together. Don’t worry if they don’t reach! The stretch is still helpful. Why do the Reach Behind Back Shoulder […]
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2Dec, 2015

Walk Up the Wall Shoulder Stretch

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Who should do the Walk Up the Wall Shoulder Stretch? People with decreased range of motion of the shoulder How to do the Walk Up the Wall Shoulder Stretch Stand perpendicular to the wall with your hand flat on the wall. Walk your hand up the wall and step closer to the wall as you go higher. Go as high as you can to stretch your shoulder muscles. Keep your shoulder down and stay relaxed in your neck and shoulders. Aim for your arm to be straight in the air. Why do the […]
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