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Posture Today

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Take a second out of your day to look in the mirror. Take a look from the front, then turn and take a quick look from the side. What is your posture telling you? Understanding your posture can help you learn a great deal about the way you move throughout the day. If you have certain posture issues, this means that you are doing something that causes those muscles to become tight or overused. Knowing this information, you can now retrace your footsteps through the course of your everyday life. This could lead you to some simple adjustments that could either reduce pain and poor posture, or prevent it.

Posture & Technology

Screen shot 2015-09-28 at 3.20.19 AMPoor posture throughout our global community is a direct result of our technological advances. Although extremely useful, there is not enough done to exploit the dangers of overusing these gadgets. More knowledge and awareness of what overusing technology can do to our bodies needs must be seen. Cell phones are one of the top pieces of technology that have begun to reverse our evolutionary process standing up straight.

Postural deviations are simply a matter of one muscle’s dominance over another through overuse, this is known as synergistic dominance. When we hunch over our cell phones texting, e-mailing, or surfing the web, we begin to tighten up the muscles in the front of our neck right under the chin, i.e. the cervical platysma muscle. This muscle group, attached to the chest and shoulder muscles will  begin to tighten and shorten. The overuse and tightening of these muscle groups will then begin to pull our heads and shoulders forward causing forward head syndrome and protracting shoulders. These two postural deviations are directly linked to headaches and lower back pain.

The amount of time we use our cell phones and other small gadgets are only going to increase. There are a few simple habits to developed that will counterbalance the imbalances caused by using our small technological friends.

How to balance the use of technology:

  • Be aware of the amount of time you use your phones.
  • Try to hold your phone in front of you instead of looking down.
  • Do stretches to counterbalance tight muscles 
  • Do neck and back strength exercises to keep head and shoulders from moving forward.