People frequently ask me the best time to integrate active-isolated flexibility into their routine....the best time to is now. Conceding the potential impracticality of now, some more guidelines can be provided.
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.
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.
- 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.