What if your spine wasn’t spinning right?
You might be in the position of trying to rotate a ball in a spinning wheel without actually rotating the ball at all.
This is the case for most people, says orthopedic surgeon Robert Koehn, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert on spine alignment.
“Spine rotation is a complex, slow process that requires a lot of coordination,” Koehm says.
“It takes a lot out of you.”
You can think of it as a little dance.
Your body is in a state of tension and the tension causes your muscles to contract.
When your muscles are relaxed, the muscles relax, and the muscle contract again.
This cycle repeats itself, Koehler says.
If your muscles relax too much, you can feel your spine bending.
If you tense too little, you may not feel the bending.
The best way to improve your alignment is to practice and refine your spine rotation skills, Kuehn says.
You can practice with the right ball, he says, or with a spinning spinner, a spinning device that’s designed to give you the same feeling as when you spin a spinning object.
If all of this sounds like a lot, Kiehn says, you might want to start by getting used to a different spinning ball.
You’ll get better at the spinning ball as you learn how to rotate it, he adds.
To help with your spine alignment, Koeshler recommends you work out daily in the upright position.
When you sit, you should place your feet on your back and your arms straight up.
Koehne recommends doing this exercise for 10 to 15 minutes each day.
You may want to change your spine orientation every once in a while to get used to it.
The more you practice, the more you will improve.