Why the Rib Grab??
The Rib Grab helps increase the mobility of the thoracic spine, chest and shoulders. With our typically sedentary lifestyles many of us have poor posture, characterized by rounded shoulders and a forward neck position. Performing a daily mobility exercise for the thoracic spine will help limit the damage caused by long periods of sitting. You can do this exercise at work; use a sweater or jacket as a pillow for your neck and leg.
How do I do it?
Start the exercise on your side, head supported by a pillow; with your bottom leg straight and your top leg bent at 90 degrees with a pillow under it for support. Your bottom arm is straight out parallel from your body; your top arm is clutching your bottom rib cage. Slowly rotate your torso to the side, keeping your bottom arm/shoulder in firm contact with the ground and your top leg firmly in contact with the pillow. If you can’t keep your top leg on the pillow add another pillow. Rotate as far as you can while keeping your points of contact then return to the starting position. Repeat 10 times then switch sides.