A great way to help with stiff office necks, upper back pain, neck pain or with shoulder niggles in someone who lifts over head a lot. Try the peanut if you have any of these issues with your upper back, neck or shoulders.
WHAT IS IT?
The peanut is simply to masses that can sit each side of the spine. The cut out in the middle allows for the bony prominence of your spine to rest in the ‘gap’ without digging into you. The peanut in this video is simply two tennis balls masking taped together. This is a simple, cheap and effective way to attain your first peanut.
Once you are getting used of that peanutty goodness you can buy stronger, plastic or lacrosse ball style peanuts to help get in stronger to your upper back.
WHAT DO I DO WITH IT?
The peanut gets into each specific segment of your spine rather than the more global thoracic foam roller exercise. This feels really nice for office workers who might be bent over the computer all day and hinging at 2-3 very specific levels in their upper back. Most people will have 2-3 levels that are much more stiff or sensitive than others.
We know that thoracic mobility is an important part of neck and shoulder health. So if you are experiencing neck pain then freeing up your upper back can help with that. It gives your upper back and neck more movement options to work with and this can help tremendously.
Secondly, if you are lifting your arms over head we know that last portions of shoulder mobility and flexibility come from movement of your upper back. So if you are stiff in your upper back and lifting over head a lot then this can help free up your back.
Lastly, it can help your breathing, meditation practice. I love efficiency and getting a two for one deal. So you can try some deep breathing or meditation with the peanut in place. This helps provide some resistance that your breathing has to push against. It also frees up the rib joints that the peanut is resting on.
As always, start light, start gentle, work up to it and give us your feedback.
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