• Self Kettlebell Thoracic Spine Mobilization with Ryan DeBell

    https://youtu.be/U9XqNaJOWUM I recently had the opportunity to speak at Ohare Crossfit for Angelo Sisco and his wonderful employees on the topics of mobility and programming for safety and performance.   Dr. Ryan Debell from www.themovementfix.com was also present and we tag teamed the mobility section of the presentation.  While...
  • 3 Simple and Effective Kettlebell Thoracic Spine Mobility and Scapular Stability Exercises

    Shoulder health is a favorite topic of mine.  Having adequate thoracic spine mobility is an important variable for healthy shoulders.  Also important is being able to properly control the shoulder blade on top of the ribcage. I’ve been messing around with some rib-pull and kettlebells lifts lately and came up...
  • 5 Minute Overhead Mobility

    One of the biggest things I focus on clinically in the crossfit athlete (and any other individual that requires full overhead range of motion) is overhead mobility.  I regularly get patients that complain of low back pain and pinchy shoulders with overhead movement.  It makes sense.  If you’re lacking...
  • The Best Exercises For Crossfit Shoulder Health

    As we all know, shoulder health is paramount in crossfit.  From personal experience I’ve found that shoulders tend to be one of the most commonly injured and painful joints in crossfit.  I believe one of the major reasons for this is that Crossfit contains a large amount of shoulder...
  • The Best Mobility and Stability Exercises to Improve the Front Rack: Part 1 – Addressing the Thoracic Spine

    One of my recent patients came in after a cervical fusion surgery looking to get back into crossfit.  We addressed the neck issues and started reintroducing crossfit exercises back into his program.  One big issue we found was some subpar position in the front rack position (That and a...
  • The Correct Way to Mobilize Your Thoracic Spine with a Foam Roller

    I wanted to go over something that seems fairly simple but is also done incorrectly frequently.  This is foam rolling your thoracic spine. The point of rolling your thoracic spine is usually to get a bit more thoracic extension and help improve your efficiency with overhead lifts.  Remember that...
  • Fitness Pain Free Podcast Episode 25 – The Joint by Joint Approach for the Upper Body

    Join Rob and I as we continue on in our quest to educate the masses on performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation.  Today we go deep into the joint by joint approach for the upper body: For last podcast covering the lower body and lumbar spine click HERE: Our...
  • Shoulder Impingement: Part 4 – The Thoracic Spine and Ribcage’s Role in Impingement

    So far we’ve gotten pretty deep on the concept of shoulder impingement but it’s time to delve a little deeper.  Next in the line-up we’ll talk about the thoracic spine and ribcage.  If you missed the previous parts you can find them here: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3...
  • The 6 Best Thoracic Spine Mobility Exercises

    Hey!  Do you want a bigger front  and overhead squat?  How about pressing more weight overhead?  How about healthier shoulders with the ability to press things without hurting?  Maybe you just want your overhead press to look a little less like your grandma reaching into the cabinet to grab...