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Rocking Cobra for Back and Shoulder Stiffness
Posted by Dr. Ben Kim on Jul 06, 2016
Alternating between Cobra pose and a kneeling tuck is an excellent way to improve mobility through your spine and shoulders.
When in Cobra pose, squeeze your buttocks and quads to keep your core strong, and focus on keeping your shoulders down and your shoulder blades squeezed toward one another. Cobra pose is highly effective for improving extension through the thoracic region of your spinal column.
When in a kneeling tuck, rest your buttocks against your lower legs and allow your head to dip lower than your shoulders to allow for some flexion through your thoracic region and flexion through your shoulders - the goal is to feel like your arms are being taken close to their end range behind your head. Please note that in the audio portion of this video, I mistakenly said shoulder extension during the kneeling tuck - when your shoulders are up above your head, this is shoulder flexion.
You can do this movement pattern for however long as feels comfortable. I find that a solid minute of alternating between these two positions at the pace shown in this video leaves my back and shoulders feeling well perfused with blood and highly mobile.
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