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Old 03-26-2010, 11:40 PM   #1
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Lower Back flexibility

Hi all,
Can anyone advice-have read both for & against aiming for lower back flexibility. Some say aim should be not for lower back flexibilty, but for lower back stability with increased hip mobility (e.g Mike Boyle)-others say need flexible lower back-I am confused?
Also if lower back flexibility is a priority-is the gymnastic/wrestling back arch/bridge (were back arch into walking the hands down the wall) a safe/beneficial exercise to do?

Please advice? regards Matt from Oz.
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Old 03-27-2010, 01:23 AM   #2
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Re: Lower Back flexibility

first off, you might want to edit your original post for clarity.

second, why do you need lower back flexibility? need to pass a sit and reach standard? need to be able to do a proper squat? want to contort into a suitcase? all relevant questions

third, a wrestling bridge places the back muscles into major contraction. this clearly would not help out your flexibility. the fact that that was asked as being a proper way to increase spinal flexibility makes me question how seriously you have given thought to your question
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Old 03-27-2010, 01:44 PM   #3
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Re: Lower Back flexibility

You want the lower back to have good mobility/flexibility, BUT BUT BUT under loads you want it stable.

Basically, joints are in the body for reason. You want them active and moving. But under some loading such as the lower back you do NOT want any movement when you exercise especially with compression forces.

Lack of mobility is strongly associated with pain (theres some studies on this... limited and decreased mobility to joints increases nociceptors/pain receptors which is bad.
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Old 03-27-2010, 03:18 PM   #4
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Re: Lower Back flexibility

Thanks Steven,

Thanks for your answer,Makes sense

Still interseted to anyones thoughts on the wrestler`s bridge as a safe/benefitial exercise /stretch or not?
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Old 03-27-2010, 04:03 PM   #5
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Re: Lower Back flexibility

Sure, if it doesn't hurt and you can do it safely...

Also, here's some of the studies wfs
http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=15086296
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11793144
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Old 03-27-2010, 04:12 PM   #6
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Re: Lower Back flexibility

I like it, but all bridging, hand or head bridging should be done progressively and under caution. Hard to argue for if they have something like scoliosis. However, I'd gander at saying that someone with a weak back should probably start bridging. Starting with shoulders and either going to head or hands depending on their necessity

If you are gonna land on your head, probably a good idea to do head bridging. Gymnasts, acrobats, cheer tumblers obviously need to work on hand bridging. Everyone else...depends.
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Old 03-27-2010, 06:50 PM   #7
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Re: Lower Back flexibility

The best thing I did for my back was OHS.
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