Why I Teach Twists Differently

We must protect the lumbar spine from twisting excessively to compensate for thoracic spine and cervical spine rotational insufficiency. If the lumbar spine lacks rotation above (T and C spine) or below (in the hips) it will find it somewhere else and often that is in the lumbar spine. The problem is, if you look at a picture of lumbar vertabrae stacked, they are shaped to allow for primarily flexion and extension (movement in sagittal plane), not rotation. How do we protect the lumbar spine?? Maintain hips in 90 degrees in flexion and rotate (gently!!) from the upper spine (thoracic and cervical). This picture is an activity I often do to improve T-Spine mobility, protect the lumbar spine and add an internal rotation stretch and stability activity to the shoulder- simple yet powerful. Find good rotation in the hips and T-Spine and work on core stability and your back will thank you!!!

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Christine Sturgis