Gardener's Relief-Side Trunk Muscles

Gardener's Relief-Side Trunk Muscles

Akin to the engineering of a suspension bridge, our side back musculature is constantly at work every time we move. Lateral trunk muscles play a pivotal role in the daily life of the grower. Reaching down to plant a new row of veggies, extending to liberate crops from invasive weeds, and, wielding hand tools to prepare the soil.  These side back muscles need maintenance—especially if they are painful. Here’s a flexibility and strength exercise to gain range of motion and structural integrity.

Gardner's Back Relief

Gardner's Back Relief

We bend, reach, lean, and crouch; for hours on end - these compromising postural positions are commonplace for the grower. Our back muscles are appropriately named—erector spinae- they hold our trunk up right.  The moment we flex our trunk even 45 degrees we’ve just placed 50% more compression on vulnerable discs.

Walk This Way

Walk This Way

Humans weren’t designed to sit for long periods of time without moving...the desk jockey syndrome of over sitting is well documented; sitting has been labeled the new smoking. Being seated turns off the anti-gravity muscles of the posterior kinetic chain—or muscles that hold a person upright.

Self Massage

Self Massage

Self-Massage:

  • Flushes metabolic waste from training and stress.
  • Releases adhesions, breaks down scar tissue, mitigates damage from microfiber tears, and unwinds tight fascia. 
  • Hydrates the soft tissue by stimulating and draining and the lymphatic system. 
  • Reverses ischemia—lack of blood flow-to the soft tissue and surrounding areas.