Throughout my years of clinical experience I have learnt that one can never underestimate the power of the thoracic spine.
This area between the neck and low back can be involved in so many presenting symptoms.
In Runners it is very important that there is good thoracic mobility and that the neck, thoracic and lumbar areas are able to counter rotate independently.
Fluid thoracic movement allows for efficient motion between the shoulder and pelvic girdles, with less energy lost in unwanted side to side movement and less tension and stiffness in the neck and shoulders.Altogether it will enhance running technique.
Try this exercise to help you achieve better independant thoracic rotation.
- Initially this exercise is best done in front of a large mirror.
- Sit upright on a chair so that you can feel your sit bones beneath you.
- Keep your head still and facing forwards.
- Now slide one hand forwards on your thigh and the other back allowing the shoulder and ribcage to rotate forwards.
- Repeat on the other side ensuring the movement is slow, fluid and loose. Think about elongating diagonally across the body.
Take a break from your computer and do this 20 times, 3 times a day.
It doesn’t take long to master and will help improve your running.
Try it sitting on a gym ball to challenge your core at the same time.