Dr. Andreo Spina is a Sports specialist, chiropractor, medical acupuncturist, Director of Sports Performance Centers in Toronto, Creator and Director of Functional Anatomy Seminars. He is also a published researcher and speaker with 21 experience in mixed martial arts.
We talk about his seminars, about stretching, yoga injuries, functional mobility and more.
- What FRC, FAP and FR (his seminars) are and how they work together
- How scientific research and literature is at the forefront of his methods
- What Stretching is – how it’s more about the Central Nervous System
- Stretching before an athletic activity may be a bad idea but it doesn’t mean we should stop stretching!
- The research is out on foam rolling – why it isn’t MRT, but has other benefits
- Why you shouldn’t foam roll something when it hurts
- How he defines mobility and flexibility – hint one is passive the other is active
- When mobility becomes a problem – when you don’t have control of the movement
- Why he takes issue with the yoga pose-based model
- When more stretching can make things worse (when “tight” hamstrings can be a sign of neurological injury)
- His experience with yoga-related injuries, why yoga isn’t an anti injury practice
Favorite quote from the interview:
“It’s more important to control the ranges [of motion] that you have than to extend ranges. To extend ranges must ensure that you are in control of those ranges. If you just have passive flexibility it’s not going to help you move and its not going to prevent injury.” [tweet this]
Why Foam Rolling isn’t a technique for myofascial release. But it’s still good for other things!
Explore Passive Flexibility vs. Active Mobility
In my previous podcast with Jules Mitchell, I introduced the concept of “BodyTeasers” playing off of the idea of brain teasers. The goal of these body teasers is to get us thinking about how we move and ultimately to improve how we move. In this one I invite you to explore the difference between functional mobility and passive mobility. Here is an example for Tree Pose. Instead of using your hands to put your foot on your thigh for tree pose, only use the strength of your legs. Put it in position without any help from your hands. If you have questions about this or want to play around with other ideas you can share your thoughts below or on my facebook page with the hashtag #ImproveHowYouMove