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Mobility - Oblique Side Smash

Mobility - Oblique Side Smash

This exercise will help reduce low back pain while improving lateral extension and rotation.

IMPROVES: Trunk rotation, lateral extension

EXERCISE:

1. Lay on a foam roller positioned below your ribcage and above your hipbone.

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2. Roll your side, twisting your torso over the roller.  Smash your high glute, quadratus lumborum (QL) and oblique. 

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3. For a more intense rolling session, extend your arm further overhead to stretch the tissue while rolling.

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Use this mobility exercise to take care of your back.  Mobilizing this area will give slack to your other problem areas. Kelly Starret recommends using a rumble roller, but a lacrosse ball or other tool that allows you to dig into the tissue will work.

Credit: Becoming a Supple Leopard, Kelly Starrett MobilityWOD.com

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