If you’ve ever had a sore, stiff, twitchy or achey back, you’ll recall that you would do anything to get rid of it.
Whilst a couple of pills or a massage might help in the short term, they do nothing to address the underlying reason the back get annoyed in the first place.
In the majority of cases a causal factor is poor strength and mobility throughout the body. The inability to stabilise the spine in awkward position with poorly conditioning core aka torso muscles may result in tweaks and strains and the inability to place the body into awkward positions due to over tight muscles will also lead to increased risk of strains and pulls.
Without going into a lengthy post, I want to share something that helps most people most of the time to strengthen their torsos and in particular, spinal stability.
One movement series we carry out daily is the Birddog. So named due to fact you look like a hunting dog pointing at its quarry.
The Birddog consists of kneeling on hands, knees and feet (initially) and extending a leg and opposite arm whilst maintaining posture and balance.
The progressions are simple:
- Hold the limb extended position for a number of seconds.
- Extend slowly throughout the set.
- Add in flexion of the torso to bring a knee and opposite hand, forearm or elbow into contact.
- Keep the feet off the floor at all times.
- Keep the knees off the floor at all times whilst performing the Birddog on the foot and hand.
The videos below demonstrate these and really, they can be quiet challenging even to those who consider themselves ‘barbell’ strong.
The basics are always mastered before progressing to the next level.