Open Books – Rotational Mobilization for the Spine (active stretch for various muscles)

Open Books – Rotational Mobilization for the Spine (active stretch for various muscles)

20 Replies to “Open Books – Rotational Mobilization for the Spine (active stretch for various muscles)”

  1. I have a desk job and been experiencing a lot of upper back pain mainly due to overactive traps and levaror scapulae. Any recommendations on what to do? I am focusing on building my back muscles now rhomboids lower traps etc and stretching all the tight muscles

  2. You give the best information! I would have enjoyed it more if you model were a shirtless male to actually see the motion in the muscles you were talking about. excellent information thank you.

  3. I just observed a trainer placing a 25 lb plate on the bent knee without any spacer like the roller. My "spidey sense" thought it didn't look right, but maybe the client was extra flexible in the spine? or couldn't hold the hamstring location because of should problems? Are there any potential problems you can see with that set up?

  4. HI. The neck should only rotate when the book "closes"? When she "opens", her neck seems neutral (not rotated to other side). That''s the perfect form (neutral) or should he put some rotation as well?

  5. Really like this exercise and your delivery of it! But I just wanted to argue on how there is minimal rotation in the lumbar spine. And even with the minimal lumbar rotation that you can mobilise, would you not want to focus on more stabilisation instead in order reduce the risk of lower back pain?

    I would argue that you would want to promote this exercise as a T-spine mobility exercise rather than targeting L-spine. It is a great exercise but my argument is more with the intention and explanation of the exercise.

  6. I can't feel anything in my lumbar spine, but I sure can feel my shoulders and neck getting crushed in uncomfortable ways.

  7. Absolutely fabulous, Brent! 
    I use a similar exercise with the patient holding a toning ball on a long arm instead of holding the neck. But I think I prefer this variation, as holding the neck improves scapular stability and prevents possibly anterior translation of the head of the humerus, so I will add this to my repertoire. Thank you.
    May I add that this exercise is not just a great LSP, SIJ mobiliser, but also fantastic for DSP hyper kyphosis- mobilisation of rotation with extension. Love it!

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