#TBT to when we used to be able to roll properly. Can you roll? The Maestro is officially starting a rolling challenge.
Humans learn how to roll when we’re about 5-6 months old, and then totally screw it up somewhere down the line. Here I’m demonstrating an upper extremity dominant rolling pattern, in which the legs have ZERO function. The goal is to be able to sequence rolling from your back to your stomach, using ONLY your upper body. This is a great way to test the anterior slings and identify a person’s ability to coordinate and sequence core movements. I use it to not only diagnose, but treat all my back pain patients, and the results are always amazing.
To do this, lie on your back with both arm overhead. Lift your head and tuck your chin then look in the direction you want to roll. Reach towards that direction with your opposite arm (ie to roll right look right and reach with your left arm) and allow your body to roll over sequentially, starting with your head > neck > shoulders > upper back > mid back > lower back > hips > legs. DO NOT USE YOUR LEGS. Do not use your opposite arm to help push you over. This should be one fluid motion and your back should it arch midway through the roll. Once on your stomach, use only your upper body to roll onto your back, again sequencing by leading with your head and allowing your arm and body to follow.
This can also be patterned using just your legs, but I’ve found upper extremity rolling patterns to reveal the most dysfunction.
Give it a try, post your results, and tag @themvmtmaestro. I dare you. #maestrofied ——————————————-
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