A common fault in our pushing movements often occurs when we perform the movement standing or our whole body is involved. This can occur during exercises such as push ups, standing overhead press or when sitting without a back support. The fault that occurs is:
1. Flaring of the ribs
2. Arching the lower back
· As the saying goes, you can’t shoot a cannon out of a canoe. We need a nice stable platform to create force otherwise our canoe may break. The platform for most movements is our trunk. Our ribs and hips need to work together as one throughout the movement to create a stable platform. In an overhead press this fault can be identified as leaning back and arching your back. In a push up this fault can be identified as our hips coming forward and leaving our ribs behind. Both of these faults could lead to possible lower back discomfort. If you are experiencing these symptoms or faults when performing upper body pushing movements, reach out to your exercise physiologist, we can help with this!
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