Sidelying Thoracic Mobiliser With Elbow Driver (Short Lever)

In the video below you will see osteopath Tim McNamara of Principle Four Osteopathy demonstrating a sidelying thoracic rotation mobility drill using the elbow as the driver.  The key with this particular exercise (it is a variation on the open book exercise) is to bend the knees up (keep them pressed together and on the floor) and then place both hands around ones head for support and then rotate away from the legs with the top arm.  A short lever is a great place to start as it ensures the movement focus is on the thoracic spine and ribs compared to long lever (arms out straight) whereby one might tend to cheat a little bit and end up reaching the floor through excessive movement through the GH joint.

 

This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy. Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading Osteopathy clinics. At the clinic we treat a wide range of clients, ranging from the office worker, exercise enthusiast to athlete. We have 3 experienced osteopaths working across both of the clinics. The Melbourne City CBD clinic is located at 29 Somerset Place (basement), close to the corner of Elizabeth St and Little Bourke in the Melbourne City CBD. Our premises adjoin the Jon Weller Personal Training Studio, a fully-equipped training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials or specific training programs and rehabilitation. The Docklands clinic is located at 717 Bourke St (Ground Floor), beneath the Channel 9 building near the walkway from Southern Cross Train Station to Etihad Stadium. Our premises adjoin Pilates on Bourke, a fully-equipped pilates and yoga training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials, pilates or specific training programs and rehabilitation. To speak to an Osteopath or book an appointment at Principle Four Osteopathy, please book online or call 03 9670 9290.

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