Thursday, November 1, 2012

Day 124- Abdominal Curls Over Foam Roller

This exercise increases thoracic spine mobility in spinal flexion and spinal extension.  It provides the body the opportunity to improve posture while releasing shoulder and neck tension.

To do this exercise you will need a mat and a foam roller.  Start by placing the foam roller perpendicular to your spine so that it is underneath your shoulder blades.  Your knees should be bent and your hands will be placed behind your head.  Begin by inhaling as you let your head, neck, and shoulders gently lower toward the floor, then exhale as you narrow the ribcage, nod your head, and then begin curling your head, neck, and shoulders into an abdominal curl.  Repeat this exercise 8-10 times

Things to think about
This exercise should not be done if you have Osteoporosis. 
As you are releasing your head, neck, and shoulders to the ground be sure that you are opening your chest and widening your collar bones.  This is a great way to begin to improve posture around the head and shoulders.
Be sure that the foam roller is at the bottom of the shoulder blades and not lower on the spine.  If the foam roller is too low you might feel discomfort or even strain in the low spine.

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