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Faster Ways Of Improving Thoracic Mobility

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Jessica Bento, Physical Therapist, (Creator of DVRT Restoration Certification, DVRT Rx Shoulder, Pelvic Control, and Knee Courses)

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People hit me up for solutions on all sorts of issues they are experiencing. When it comes to pain, it can be a topic that is far too complex to address on an instagram post. Since shoulder problems are a popular question, let’s look at how shoulder strength, stability, and thoracic mobility all play a huge role.

It surprises me that even in today’s therapy and fitness world, when we are discussing shoulder issues the first place we want to work on is the shoulder. Like so many of the chronic issues people deal with, the problem rarely starts in the area that has discomfort/pain. Sure, there are times you can experience direct trauma at an area and in those cases we would definitely want to address the site of pain itself. For most of the issues that you are going to face though, we can look at some of the areas we can have better control in helping improve.

Most are surprised that many of the issues we see can be greatly improved by increasing our core stability. When we look at the simple structure of our body we can see that are shoulders sit upon our trunk, pelvis, and lower body. Guess what areas of body better be working at a proficient level if we want to be making an impact upon our shoulder health. This means that addressing core stability should be a focus, even when it comes to helping our shoulder and thoracic mobility as we will discuss shortly.

Scroll through these DVRT core drills to see how we help shoulder and thoracic mobility.

Core stability doesn’t stop at our ground work, the goal is to take what we do on the ground and progress it to more dynamic activities where our core has higher demands placed upon it. This is where some of our misunderstood MAX drills can be a powerful solution. The idea is that we keep core stability through how we hold/move a weight as well as how we keep stability in the lumbar spine. This comes from how we use our lower body and the core itself, as the well known “Joint by Joint Approach” teaches us why exercises like below offer such great results.

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This should be exciting because the enemy for almost every fitness program is time. How do we fit our mobility training, strength, and conditioning, along with recovery work within the scope of the time we available. Exercises like we are showing today are a way we can accomplish all these goals at once. Especially when you see the impact DVRT drills like the ones strength coach Martin Adame shows below.

These aren’t magic, but showing how we use science to get better results and help create a better training experience.

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