The goal of "stretching" exercises - or as I like to call them, mobility exercises - is to increase the function of a joint and the tissues that surround it.
It's not to increase the length of a muscle.
It's not to remove scar tissue.
It's not to increase the "pliability" of a muscle.
It's to increase the function of the joint and the tissues that surround it.
But what is FUNCTION?
Function has to do with the intended purpose.
What is the purpose of the joint? What is the purpose of our bodily tissue?
In my opinion, it's to contribute to our more holistic motor patterns and the completion of motor tasks.
The motor tasks you request it's function for is fairly contextual.
A golfer's function will be slightly different than an offensive lineman's.
A ballet dancer's different than a marathon runner.
Fortunately, a central purpose of those within this community is to produce a fluent and functional golf swing.
So we can speak a similar language when it comes to functionality.
Today's article is going to focus on the FUNCTION (mobility) of the SPINE.