Good posture is something that most of you may be striving for. It makes you come across more confident, look slimmer, breathe more freely and it reduces the risk of pain and muscle damage in your neck and lower back.
One of the most common reasons we have clients visiting us at Open Space is because of poor posture, and YES getting a helping hand from a health care professional such as a Chiropractor or Physiotherapist is an effective way to kick your poor posture to the curb, however there is a TONNE of things that you can do in the comfort of your own home to EMPOWER yourself to improve your posture for GOOD!
Which is why in todays VLOG we will be showing you how you can achieve perfect posture in 10 minutes a day with this secret stretching sequence.
But before we get stuck into all of those juicy details, let’s talk about how you may have acquired your poor posture in the first place!
In todays fast past world we are spending more and more time at our desks, laptops, sitting in front of the television and looking down at our phones. This has become SUCH an epidemic that Text Neck has become a new buzz word.
Text neck is a term used to describe an overuse syndrome or a repetitive stress injury to the neck caused by holding your head in a forward and downward position for a long period of time.
Because of the continued downward force put on your spine and muscle groups your head will start to come forward and your shoulders will round forward with it. This will promote a chronic contraction and tightness through your chest muscles, pecs and neck muscles.
The scary thing is every 2 cm your head moves forward, it doubles the weight of your head which means you have an increasingly heavy weight pulling you forward. Your body is very clever and will not allow you to fall forward, so to compensate your lower back and lumbar spine will arch (lumbar lordosis) to counter balance your weight. This will cause chronic tightness in the lower back, hips, glutes and hamstring muscles.
It is not wonder that people who have poor posture and forward head position often also suffer with low back pain or chronic strains through hamstrings!
When it comes to correcting posture, it is important to spend time stretching these chronically tight muscles, which is why we have created this perfect posture stretching sequence JUST for YOU!
Watch the video above to learn all about it!
Yours in great health,
Dr Andy & Dr Jacinta