The Fascial Stretch With The Dowel Focusses On The Spinal and Lateral Fascial Lines That Tend To Tighten Up With Lots Of Sitting or Sagittal Plane Movements.

For many of us, we spend the better part of our day sitting for extended periods of time, which is unfortunately inevitable. When we’re at work and school we usually sit at a desk and stare at a computer screen for most of the day, then we sit in the car during our commute home, and finally after a long day we continue our sitting regimen when we’re on our phones and catching up on some Netflix.

Sitting at a desk all day with poor posture could result in back pain and neck and shoulder stiffness. When you’re slumped over your shoulder blades go into protraction and elevation, which in turn weakens and over stretches the muscles around them. As the muscles get tired over time it creates pain and tightness along the neck and shoulders.

It’s a tough cycle to break because school and most jobs essentially require us to sit for long periods of time. Unfortunately you probably can’t up and quit your desk job, nor can you stand for an entire 3 hour lecture at school but luckily there is a lot you can do to mitigate the long term effects of excessive sitting.

I’ve created the “Unwind Your Spine” series to help those with stress tension and who sit for long periods of time. These exercises are designed to target low back pain, “tightness” in the back, neck, shoulders, torso, and hips and to help to improve your spinal health and overall wellbeing.

Try 3-5 reps to start, then perform a toe touch and straight leg raise and see how things are feeling. I’ve been playing around with this all day and it feels amazing. It’s a little restricting at first but focus on breathing while you’re working through it. Let me know what you think, let me know what you feel!