Sedentary lifestyles are an undesirable hallmark of modern society, affecting a significant proportion of the population. Prolonged sitting (a form of sedentary behavior) has progressively become the norm with computerization in the workplace. These developments are not only detrimental for physiological health and well-being with rising levels of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, but also musculoskeletal health. Recent research findings have found an association between prolonged sitting (>8 hours a day) and increased neck-shoulder and low back pain. Sedentary behaviors may induce a relatively stiff thoracic spine contributing towards the dysfunction in the adjacent spinal regions. This article will provide you exercises to improve your thoracic spine mobility!
Rock climbing is a sport that has been gaining popularity over the last few years. The diverse range of movement, mobility, and strength the sport requires makes it appealing to everyone from the weekend warrior to the most serious and dedicated athlete. This fast-growing allure has helped catapult climbing into the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The three disciplines that will be included in the upcoming Olympics are sport, bouldering, and speed. Each discipline has its own unique demands varying in power, agility, strength, and endurance naturally inducing risk for both traumatic and overuse injury. In this article, I will highlight the most common injuries seen in rock climbing and demonstrate rock climbing prehab exercises based on research and biomechanics to prevent these injuries.
The hip is a ball and socket joint with 27 muscles that cross it to control its many planes of movement! Some muscles act as primary movers while others act as dynamic stabilizers of the hip. When the hip capsule is hypomobile or tight, your body may compensate from either up or down the kinetic chain to gain mobility. This has been shown to lead to pathologies in the lumbar spine (Reiman 2009, Devin 2012, Burns 2011) and lower extremity (Reiman 2009, Cliborne 2004, and Currier 2007). This article will show you 4 exercises to improve your Hip Mobility!