Daily Mobility Exercises by Dr. Kelly Starrett Forums General Is too much pressure counterproductive?

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      AvatarEdward Nowak

      I really like using the peanut around my spine. I start on the floor with it at my neck, bridge up on my feet, move my arms around, and slowly move the peanut down my spine, repeating the arm movements. Generally I find that more pressure feels better, but I have been warned that too much pressure can damage the tissues even if it feels good.

      Do you have any suggestions or guidelines about potential limits of pressure?

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      Kaitlin LyonsKaitlin Lyons

      Good to hear you are having success using a peanut around your spine and add movements where needed.
      Does more pressure elicit pain?
      What did the person say about too much pressure damaging tissue?

      One rule of thumb if it feels sketchy it is so don’t continue doing it.
      From the Basic Rules for Mobilizing video from the getting started section.
      Should be able to take moderate compression on a tissue load on that tissue.
      If it is painful that indicate you have a tissue restriction.
      If you can’t take a full breath while mobilizing you have completely fixed or solved that problem.
      Can use breath quality as an indicator that maybe you are working too deep, or you haven’t solved the problem.
      Should be able to take full/normal weight on a tissue, should be pain free to compression, be be able to breathe.

      Does this help?
      Other questions?

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      AvatarEdward Nowak

      Katilin, tyvm for the response. There was not much of an explanation with this warning, just that I could be damaging my tissues even though there was no pain and it felt good. Which didn’t make sense to me and I was inclined to disregard it, though it was coming from a chiro.

      Thanks for the link to the basic rules, all of which I satisfy: breath is easy and full, doesn’t feel at all sketchy, usually feels good and any discomfort feels productive + like a release and not painful or damaging.

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      Kaitlin LyonsKaitlin Lyons

      Sounds good.
      You are self aware of what you are feeling which is good.
      Stay consistent with your work.
      Always good to ask and get more info when there is a question on something.

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