Fitness Friday: Two Easy Ways To Save Your Back

What can you do to help improve mobility in the mid-back? Michael Cummings, a performance specialist for fitness-product company SKLZ, has a simple two-step procedure to help you avoid back pain and, perhaps, make a better golf swing.

Released on 1/8/2016

Transcript

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My name is Michael Cummings,
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the performance specialist at SKLZ.
00:04
I'm gonna show you a quick way
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to increase range of motion in your T-spine,
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or the middle of your back and to get a better swing.
00:12
What we're gonna do is you're gonna first do a trigger point
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or soft tissue work on the area
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right about the middle of your back.
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If I can start really digging into this area
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either using something like this
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or a racquetball against the wall,
00:28
a tennis ball in a sock.
00:29
There's a lot of different ways
00:30
that you can really hit these points
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but the idea here is to loosen up that tissue
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before I get into some range of motion work.
00:38
Maybe about 30 seconds per side, a minute per side
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and we get onto using a product
00:43
that will slide against the wall
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while I'm still in a nice even position.
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I'm gonna square my hips up.
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And bring it right through.
00:53
(product scraping wall)
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And I want to get about eight to ten repetitions per side.
01:05
But the idea of soft tissue trigger point,
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going right into that range of motion
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is really gonna open me up
01:12
to get a good mobility in the middle of my vertebrae
01:15
so I can hit that ball.
01:16
(upbeat music)
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