Does this posture look familiar to anyone? Go ahead, look in the mirror… It may not be as noticeable to some of you, but I’m sure the majority, see the problem.
How did we get this way? The main cause of this postural problem comes from our daily activities. Sitting at a desk typing, on the couch watching TV, at the table eating, or maybe you haven’t had your eyes checked lately and you are straining to see. Regardless of the cause, in this posture, you will eventually experience pain. Maybe it starts as a headache, or pain between your shoulder blades.
The solution? I’m glad you asked. There are many stretches and exercises we can do to reverse this posture, as well as ergonomic changes we can make to prevent this posture.
Let’s talk ergonomics! By raising your laptop or computer screen, you can diminish the amount of time you are looking down. Maybe, find yourself a nice comfortable chair with an adjustable back rest, adjustable height control, or adjustable supports (lumbar, neck, arm, etc.) Even switching to a counter height desk, and standing, would be better than nothing!
Here is a list of the great exercises and stretches that will be discussed in future posts, to reverse this posture!
• Posterior Cervical Translation
• Scapular Retraction
• Pectoral Stretch
• Brugger’s Posture