Bare Essentials For A Healthy Spine Part 3- Postural Awareness

posture evolutionWhen it comes to pain, it’s easy to want look for the next big thing to help deal with it.  Folks often ask my thoughts on the new supplement they saw on TV, or the inversion table their friend told them about and if it could help with their aches and pain.  When it comes to managing things on our own, less is usually more.  In other words do as little as needed, rather than as much as possible.  By doing the minimum, but essential amount, the majority of us will be much better off.  This includes focusing daily on joint mobility, strength and stability, and postural awareness.

Part 3.  Postural Awareness

The body is meant to move.  So when we hold a faulty posture for a prolonged period of time, tightness and tension is increased.  Many positions can challenge our posture, but most arguably sitting, will challenge our tissues the most.  This is why sitting is a common cause of back and neck pain.  If we check our posture and perform a “micro-break” every 20-30 minutes you shouldn’t have to pay the price.

The Standing Brugger Exercise

bruggersStarting Position (A)

Stand with your feet a bit wider than your hips, with your toes turned out slightly.  Tuck your chin in slightly, as if you are nodding “yes”.

The Exercise (B)

Breathe in through your nose into your abdomen.  While you exhale, turn your palms out, with your fingers extended and raise your breastbone towards your chin slightly.

Repeat 2-3 times for every 20-30 minutes of sitting.

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