Daily Mobility Exercises by Dr. Kelly Starrett Forums General Is anyone truly supple in their muscles?

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      Melanie LindseyMelanie Lindsey

      This may seem like a strange question, but is there anyone out there over 35 who is actually free of knots, kinks, etc in their muscles? 

      I am 45, and do computer work all day, and then play hard on the weekends, and as long as I can remember, my back and legs are a battlezone of knotted, sore muscles. Even after spending thosuands of dollars on massage over the years, it hasn’t changed substantially.

      I am functional, no major aches and pains, and I am remarkably flexible for a guy my age who doesnt do yoga. I am the most flexible guy i know, both physically and in attitude, but my back muscles in particular are knotted to hell and back.  

      Is this normal?  I bought “supple leopard” in part because of the title: I want to be supple. But is anyone, really? Can a 45 year old guy have the suppleness and kink-free-ness of a child?

      Your thoughts, please!?

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      AvatarPatrick Thomas

      Yes, at first it can take some time to get things where they need to be. Consistent work chipping away at things. 15:00 minutes a day. When things start resolving it moves to maintenance work.

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      Melanie LindseyMelanie Lindsey

      I bought Lacrosse balls and I love them! Much better than golf or tennis balls. I put them on the floor and get my back muscles on them, and then rock side to side, roll top to bottom, and do full rotator cuff range of motion stuff as I wince and cry in pain. But it works! I can feel the knots starting to soften a bit,and I have good flexibility just like when I leave the massage table.

      But it seems like it will take months of this! We’ll see….

    • #76487
      AvatarPatrick Thomas

      There are other impacting factors as well.
      Hydration impacts mobility quite a bit.

      Identifying where the issue originates is key as well. Where you see the issue may not be where it originates.
      Are you working up/down stream of your back? rotator cuff?
      Pro Episode # 21 – Pro-User Request Friday: Not Seeing The Change? You Need a Systems Approach.

      A lacrosse ball may be too hard if it is a tender area. The muscles aren’t able relax or absorb the work you are doing. Another great option is Yoga Tune Up Therapy Plus balls.
      Sounds like you are going too deep.

      Keep chipping away at.

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