Avoid Back & Neck Pain
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Of course, there are ways that you can improve your posture at home, as well. Here are several strategies that are typically helpful: • Try to stand tall whenever you are standing or walking. Hold your head high and square your shoulders, but more importantly work on being the tallest version of yourself. Hunching over is the leading cause of poor posture. • Use support when you sit to keep your posture correct. Lumbar support in office chairs and car seats will help a bit, but for improved posture you may need to add additional cushioning that will help you keep your back straight. • Be mindful of how you lift heavy objects. Keep your shoulders square and your chest forward. When lifting something that is over 50 lbs it is important to take extra care. Lead with your hips and try to keep the weight close to your body. Lifting something improperly can lead to injury to your neck or back, which may make proper posture uncomfortable. What can Good Posture do for You? There are a lot of benefits of having good posture. Aside from saying goodbye to neck or back pain, improving your posture can provide several unexpected benefits to your lifestyle and personal well-being. Here are a few of the additional benefits of having good posture: • Proper posture creates quality exercise for your core and back
• Improved respiratory health • Added protection for your organs, bones, joints and muscles • Reduced risk of arthritis If you are experiencing chronic neck and back pain, there is a good chance that it could be related to your posture. Contact your physical therapist to learn more about how you can take steps to start improving your posture today.
Relieve Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing aches & pains.
POSTURE TIPS FOR STUDENTS
The benefits of good posture are more than just looking good, especially as a college student where you spend most of your time sitting down at a desk in the libraryor inanuncomfortablechair in a lecture hall. 1. Adjust your backpack: One of the reasons your back hurts is because the weight you carry in your backpack. The gap between your back and your backpack is what causes the stress to your back, though, which damages your postureat theend.Tofix this,adjust your backpack handles so it can be asclose to your back aspossible to avoidyourspine tocurveexcessively when carrying your backpack. 2. Unload your backpack: I know, I know, you have a biology exam tomorrow and you need to bring your chemistry book with you so you can do the lab properly. But carryingeverything inyourbackpack
Helps Posture SCAPULAR RETRACTION 1. Stand tall, shoulders relaxed. 2. Pull shoulder blades back and down. 3. Don’t hunch your shoulders.
and loading it with heavy school supplies is not good for your back or your posture. Leave the heavy suppliesatyourapartmentand take a good walk home every time you need them (say yes to exercise!) or carry them in your hands. This will -literally- take weight from your back and will improve your posture. 3. Wearbothstripesofyourbackpack: The cool kids walk around campus carrying theirbackpackson justone shoulder,but thecoolkidsalsohave bad posture and back problems. Do not follow this trend, and use both straps of your backpack so the weight is evenly distributed on your back.
Always consultyourphysical therapistorphysicianbefore startingexercisesyouareunsureofdoing.
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