Improving muscle length and reducing neural tightness is the key to improving flexibility
With ever increasing sedentary lifestyles many people complain of pain and stiffness in the upper back or Thoracic spine. The forces our bodies are placed under by the simple effects of gravity will accumulate over time. Add the pressures of training and playing sport, lifting, standing, sitting, riding a bike, or jumping and it is no wonder we get a sore upper back.
Improving thoracic mobility with simple exercises will have a significant impact on pain-free function of other parts of the body.
the Posture Pro is a thoracic spine roller. About the size of two tennis balls, it has a unique spacing to allow the spine to be cupped, and rollers which are ribbed for a great massage effect. Made from non-latex TPE it is tough and durable and will not wear out or deform.
Use daily as a preventative exercise or whenever neck tension increases, to reduce the muscle tightness that causes neck, upper back pain and tension headaches.
Essentially anyone who complains of, who has complained of or who is likely to complain of upper back pain will benefit from using the Posture Pro.
Whether you’re using the roller to reduce neck pain or for a specific rehab program to inprove thoracic extension, the posture pro is easy to use when you know how.
Watch Physiotherapist, Cameron Lillicrap, demonstrate some simple thoracic mobility exercise anyone can do.
The best way to use the Posture Pro to release the tight muscles of your neck and upper back is to lie on it and use a ‘roll and hold’ technique to slowly move over the roller from the top of your shoulders to your mid back, and back again. If your muscles are extremely tight and painful, reduce the pressure by rolling against a wall instead. Once muscles have started to relax, pain will reduce and you can advance to the deeper muscle trigger exercises using body weight on the floor.
We have been purchasing Lockeroom products for our programs for the last 10 years. These products have been incredibly innovative and useful for helping us to service the needs of our customers.
Therapists who use Lockeroom products in their treatments are functional movement specialists, and experts at making your pain go away. View our reseller map to find your closest specialist Rehab and Recovery Clinic.
For patients recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery, the running re-education phase of their rehabilitation is crucial to establish glute activation and effective quad control.
I use the stretchband as a field training tool to help athletes understand the correct body position and technique they need to complete the activation drill exercises properly. This gives them the best chance possible of a successful return to play.
It’s as simple as having them step inside the band and positioning it around their abdominals, with me standing directly behind holding the band, to create tension. I then get the patient to perform a series of stepping, hopping and running drills under band resistance.
From here I can observe any muscle weakness or imbalance and correct functional movement abnormalities as I see them. The tension of the band helps create control so the patient can ‘feel’ what I can see. This technique is equally effective in the clinic. Once patients have mastered simple resisted balance and stepping drills we progress to functional drills outside.
Cameron Lillicrap – Physiotherapist
Queensland Reds Rugby Union Team