Did you hear that in Germany they embedded stoplights in the ground so people don’t have to look up from their cell phones to see the traffic lights? It was on the news this morning and just kind of stuck with me. Our society has become very technologically driven (which has its pros and cons) but along with that, I have seen more and more patients in my clinic with pain that is often times linked to poor posture. If you sit at a computer all day, your chances of having tightness and poor posture dramatically increase since the human body is lazy and wants the easiest way. Our bodies don’t like to work any harder than they have to so they often find ways to compensate ie = poor posture. Find out what you can do to end your bad habits of poor posture and stop having pain.
- Check the height of your computer. Your computer should be at a comfortable height so you don’t have to look down in order to see the screen. If your head is constantly in a downward tilt, all of the muscles at the base of your head get tight and irritated. This can contribute to headaches and migraines as well as poor posture. Try to put your computer on a base to lift it up to a better position.
- Use your foam roll to stretch. Lie on the foam roller so it runs along your spine and your head is supported on it. Stretch your arms out to the side with your palms up and let your arms relax down to the floor. You should feel it stretching across your chest. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times.
- Take frequent breaks from sitting. Get up every 30 minutes to just take a break from sitting and to stretch your muscles. This will help you from getting too stiff and encouraging poor posture due to fatigue in your muscles from trying to hold you upright all day.
Try these out today and keep up with them everyday and you should notice a difference pretty quickly. And if you are in the Milwaukee area, we are having a Foam Rolling Workshop tonight (Wednesday, May 11) from 7-8:30 PM. If you are still interested in coming to learn more about foam rolling, call us at (414) 331-2323 or email at Brenda@revitalize-pt.com.
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