If you are strapped for time, then this is a perfect stretch for you to get all of your lower body tissues stretched and prepared for activity. And yes, it does attack just about all of your “front and back” muscle groups when done correctly.
It can either be a great workout, or the beginning of a major injury.
Shoveling snow is an inevitable reality for just about everyone in the Midwest. Fortunately it doesn’t hit St. Louis often and generally not in large quantities. Yet, once every few years we will get dumped on and it is critical to know how to shovel snow efficiently or you may find yourself hurting in a bad way.
This video highlights some technical awareness points for shoveling snow. Hopefully it will help you make the task a solid exercise and avoid a significant injury.
Just like a car needs attention regarding gas, oil, and alignment, the body needs attention regarding balance and correction of joints, muscles, AND movement/posture. Neglecting one breaks the efficiency loop!
The previous post discussed the importance of driving blood flow to the shoulder muscles with “mashing”. But without taking it a step further, we are missing the idea of creating change to complete a healing cycle and change the system toward stability.
This video discusses the importance of stretching or mobilizing after the mashing sequence. There are many stretches, but these two will get just about everything you need in the shortest amount of time.
With any problem in the spine or extremities, it is important to create balance and symmetry in the joints. However, most people want to take a more proactive approach with their healing with some at-home exercises.
This video highlights the first concept that we use to increase blood flow, decrease pain, and increase the healing response in damaged tissue. It is called “MASHING”.