Improper posture is a common issue, especially amongst office workers. This is largely caused by a tendency to lean forward or slouch over a desk, which in turn tightens the muscles in the chest, shoulder and neck. Overtime this tightness can cause even worse posture as well as significant pain if left unattended. Exercise is a key factor for those wishing to change and improve their posture. With the right exercises and stretches, your shoulders can be rebalanced to allow your head to sit naturally creating a stronger and straighter spine and a reduction in related pain.
These exercises target the upper back and should musculature to help oppose the shoulders rolling forward, thereby reducing the prevalence of a “hunched over” posture. Popular movements to achieve this include flutters, superman-holds, and TheraBand rows and pulls, which all work to retract the scapula and pull your shoulders back into their proper position. These movements not only realign your posture, but strengthen and stretch your chest, shoulder, and neck muscles in the process.
A health professional can guide you through these exercises with proper form, along with additional recommended movements to improve posture. The last step which can be the trickiest is to monitor your own posture both seated and standing and reinforce yourself as often as you can to bring your shoulders back into their tall square positioning and lifting head and neck up to level. With consistency and the help of a health professional, it is easy to incorporate specific exercises into your daily routine that help to improve and maintain correct posture, as well as to improve the strength and elasticity of your chest, shoulder and neck muscles.
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Jackson Cockerill (Exercise Physiologist)