I have another video for you. It is on postural exercises.
I had done a postural assessment workshop in Regina, Saskatchewan in May. While I was there, I was walking the hallways of the University of Regina and was thinking about what three exercises would I give my client to improve their posture, if I could only give three. So I did a quick video for you on the three that I would give my client.
I know it sounds like I am in a wind tunnel. This is one of my first videos so I was still getting used to things. Enjoy the video and please do leave a comment. Let me know what you think of the video and if you have any key exercises you give your clients to help them with their posture.
Posture is important for a variety of reasons, but today we’re going to focus on some exercises that you can incorporate into your client’s routine. Analyses have shown that poor posture can lead to pain in the back, neck, shoulders, and lower extremities. This can happen over time because the body adapts to it. Postural adaptations could also lead to abnormal muscle tension and compensation patterns as well as difficulties with balance and coordination.
Changing these postural habits will not only help your clients feel better, but it could prevent serious injuries down the line! Here are three postural exercises your clients should be doing!
Three Postural Exercises Your Clients Should Be Doing
1. Chin Retractors
Have you ever noticed that some people seem to have a naturally straight back? Without even thinking about it, they’re able to maintain an upright position. And others seem to slouch, despite their best efforts. What’s the difference between the two?
It turns out that they may not be as different as you think. The truth is that we all have a natural resting position with our chin and shoulders. But over time, those body parts can slowly creep up towards our ears, eventually leading to a permanent slouching posture.
Chin retractors are a simple, yet effective exercise for restoring your natural posture and reducing back pain, neck pain, and headaches.
2. Stand-Up And Reverse The Curve of The Load Back
Stand-Up and Reverse the Curve of the Load Back
Many people are stuck in a cycle of sitting. They sit at school, they sit at work, and they sit when watching TV. Kids start to get into this habit early on too. Sitting for long periods doesn’t just lead to health problems like obesity and back pain, it also leads to muscle degeneration.
3. Raise Your Hand Over Your Head
You might not think about it, but your posture has a big impact on your day. It impacts how you feel, what you’re able to do, and even how others see you.
What’s the best way to improve your posture? By raising your hand over your head!
This may seem odd at first, but it’s actually one of the most effective ways to stretch out your spine and improve your posture.
I am presenting the Postural Assessment & Exercise Prescription course again. It won’t be until January 2010.
Have an amazing day.
– Rick Kaselj