Back pain… it’s often felt in the erectors, which are a group of muscles and tendons that straighten and rotate your spine.
The erector spinae group is made of the iliocostalis, longissimus and spinalis muscles. The erectors right next to your spine can get angry if they are getting pulled on fascially from tissue adjacent, higher or lower; they can also get angry from being overworked, from perhaps doing the job of your glutes to stabilize your spine, if you have a gluteus medius not firing for example.
IMPORTANT: please DO NOT use this technique if you have back pain, especially if your back pain consists of spasms or cramping in the area of your erectors. Chances are, those muscles are already being overstretched, and they are trying their hardest to contract back into their natural position or they are protecting your spine, or another muscle group, by initiating a stretch reflex.
This technique will work really well for those of you who tend to overuse your erector muscles, either from focusing on posterior chain work in your strength routine, or because your anatomy/structure places a strain here. This happens to more often to those of you who are tall, because your center of gravity is higher than shorter people, requiring more of your body to work to stabilize you.
You are GREENLIGHTED (by me) to do this technique if you: do not have back pain and when compressed your erectors feel tender, sore, achy or tight.
This is a fairly benign fascia release, but for some of you there might be a lot of intensity. Remember to breathe, move SLOWLY and get up after one round of doing this if it’s your first time to see what your body thinks of it. If your body responds positively, keep going!
You will likely find anywhere from 3 to 6 spots with this along your spine, on each side (so up to 12 spots total). Do as much as you want, taking the typical 30 ish seconds to perform the movement before going to another spot.
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