Have been extremely busy hashing out my new book “The Power of Posture” and am happy to say it is a project I’m finally done with. It was the most boundary pushing experience in my life. I had to satisfy the perfectionist in me, yet still put something out there. I’m happy to say that both were accomplished 🙂
For today’s exercise tutorial, I’m going to show you guys a cupping technique that is quite helpful in relieving functional lower back pain.
I’ve been experimenting with cups over the last few weeks and they have now become a staple in my arsenal. Their ability to draw blood into specific areas of musculature and stretch fascia in a way other tools can’t makes them an irreplaceable. The main way I enjoy using them is as a precursor to myofascial release, as they loosen up the tissues beforehand. It can sometimes be difficult to penetrate the superficial layers of fascia within dysfunctional musculature. The cups assist directly with this problem. Fascial dysfunction comes in layers and it is crucial to break them all down until we have a malleable system of muscles capable of transitioning to functionality.
In this technique, I cover a precursor to a rectus femoris MFR technique.
Specifically speaking, the rectus femoris has a direct inhibitory influence upon the gluteal systems via reciprocal inhibition, but it also will flex the hips which, which leads to an extension in the lumbar spine (creating an issue in the lower back). Although low back pain is an integrated problem, the rectus femoris is an isolated issue that must be taken care of if we expect to address the root to pain at its core. A proper functioning lumbo-pelvic region sets the base of support for the spine to stabilize from, so this release will be crucial in transitioning into functionality.
Stretch intentionally, not habitually!