Unfortunately as we age, most of the time we begin moving more thru our lower spine than anywhere else.
Now just hold that thought.
In gymnastics the movement in image above a bridge, yoga a wheel, functional movement, thoracic extension. Ok definitely not the latter. And a bad one if the first two.
However, the first thing I love about this pic, apart from my friends’ awesome house in Suffolk Park we stayed in over Christmas this year, is that every attempt used to make me so dizzy! But not this time. I could actually stay and hold it. Yay.
I also like how much my hips actually allow me to open up my low body but that my low back also stops them from over arching and crushing into my low back. As a gymnast I used to be great at that, which is not great. Trust me.
Now back to aging and low spine movement more than anywhere – can you see my glee. If not, hold that thought one more time then.
Chiropractors (and when you study under Paul Chek @chekinstitute) learn about something called the Lovett brother relationship. It’s all about noticing and bringing changes to your body. Thru dysfunction at one end of your spine problems are reciprocated at the other end.
In the most simplest of explanations, when there is a rotation in L5 there will always be a rotation in C1, its ‘Lovett Partner’, even in the absence of symptoms of pain or lack of function at C1. And they can work both ways. For example, a dysfunction at L5 can cause a C1 dysfunction and a C1 dysfunction can cause an L5 dysfunction. When one is out of neutral so will its partner.
So back to my bridge, aging and low spine over use. And thanks for your patience but if you know me then wrapping my head, particularly my brain, with punny reference to my now tennis ball sized whole following brain tumor removal (yes, I’m laughing at myself!), then the relationship is being addressed (!) and not running it’s aging course! Having had such a large tumor, I experienced severe displacement of c5 in my neck and would expect to see the partnered dysfunction in L1. Following ten years as a gymnast, all my L (lumbar, low back) vertebrae were and are very mobile. So this could be a double whammy! But core strength has had to be more than mere aesthetic: it’s held things in place!
So my bridge. I know. I’m slow getting there. But I am slowly getting there in my bridge too. Thoracic extension, shoulder mobility, the breathing that goes with those changes as I open up directly over my lungs at my back, the release, especially emotional of the opening up of my chest (think heart). This is exciting. This is why despite, let’s face it a crap bridge pose, I’m feeling like there’s definitely an upside in my future here!