by Lavon Watson, LMP
Life Changes Massage in Redmond, WA
Without getting lost in the various muscles involved in the process of rotating your trunk, let's speak here about the various movements associated with your trunk or torso. Although these movements can be, and usually are, a complicated combination of flexion, extension, lateral flexion, and rotation, here we are simply addressing one aspect of trunk movement, rotation.
Most trunk rotation occurs in the thoracic and cervical spine (chest and neck region), although there is some limited movement potential in the lumbar region. Because rotation is commonly one of the least used movements as we get older, it is also one that can greatly benefit from regular stretching.
In fact, with this stretch I usually tell clients not to think of it as so much a stretch as a movement. I believe this movement works best if you stay in motion, but think in terms of slow motion.
In a sense what you are doing with this movement is wringing your spine, rotating one end clockwise and the other counterclockwise then reversing the process.
You may or may not feel a huge stretch from this movement, but it has great benefit. Just remember to move slowly and breathe.
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