Constantly thinking about good posture can be a tough task to manage when sitting at a desk or working from home with an unfamiliar workspace. Especially towards the end of the day when you’re just trying to power through and probably thinking more about what you’re going to do when you get off.
Over time, that end of the day slouched posture can become the body’s new “normal”. As your body slumps down, the mid back and shoulders begin to round forward and your chin starts to jut out in front of the body.
This creates a series of changes in the surrounding muscles that play a HUGE role in maintaining posture. The pecs, traps, and levator scap muscles among others become short and tight while other muscle groups become weak and inhibited.
These postural muscles (pecs, traps, levator scap) are there to help us oppose gravity and keep us upright but the more we slouch, the harder they have to work and the tighter they get.
Stretching these muscles will help keep them from being overworked while also avoiding trigger points and adhesions from developing that can lead to neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, and upper back pain.
Dr. Ryan Donahue was born and raised in Sioux City, IA. He attended the University of Iowa where he received a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Physiology before graduating Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern Health Sciences University as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr. Donahue is a Certified Provider of Active Release Technique, RockTape kinesiology tape, and SMART Tools (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization). He has also had extensive post graduate training in various treatment and rehabilitation approaches that include McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).