Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Another use for Pool Noodles




Yes, you can play with them in the pool but even better you can also use Pool Noodles to help loosen tight muscles. I've linked to them on amazon.com but you can usually find them in most Walmarts, some drugstores and even a dollar stores. Obviously you should not take this post as medical advice and if using a pool noodle as I'm about to describe causes pain be smart and stop immediately.

You can try lying on top of the noodle with the noodle running from above your tailbone up the center of your spine. You want your head to also rest centered on the noodle so that your head doesn't fall back allowing your neck to hyperextend. This will allow your chest and the front of your shoulders to fall open. Since most people are tight in this area it can really feel great and be beneficial since it will gently stretch the area.

There are a number of other ways you can use pool noodles to passively stretch your body and realign your posture but they are beyond the scope of this post. I'm happy to provide our clients with an individualized "noodle" stretching plan.

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