The cat-camel can reveal a lot about the health of your spine, as it is used to facilitate inter-segmental vertebral motion from flexion to extension. Although the movement may seem simple, attempting to dissociate the spine one vertebrae at a time requires a great deal of mobility and coordination.
It is common for an individual to have a “hinge point” in their spine, in which a segment will take on a greater amount of motion. This is important to correct, as it may become a problematic area down the line.
This video reveals an example of a hinge point occuring into extension at approximately T10. As Katie transitions from flexion to extension, you may notice a majority of extension is coming from that area due to a lack of participation from the upper thoracic spine. This is often due to physical restrictions in the spinal column, but is important to consider motor control as well. Tactile cueing to individual vertebrae can be a helpful tool to increase spinal awareness and range of motion throughout the movement. Like many other things, this movement can show results with repetitive exposure and practice.
Consider a quote by the movement guru himself, Ido Portal, who stated, “The body will become better at whatever you do — or don’t do. You don’t move? The body will make you better at NOT moving, by locking the tissues together. If you move, the body will allow you more movement.”
So start living, and get moving!
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