Improve Your Posture - Video #1 - How to Stand Up Straight
STAND UP STRAIGHT. How many of you have been told to stick out your chest and draw your shoulders back and believed this to be 'good' posture? I know that I thought this was the case for many, many years. The trouble is that the cue to stand up straight is a little more nuanced than chest up and shoulders back.
What I often see clients do is stick their ribs up in what is often called "rib flaring" or "rib thrusting" pattern. This is problematic because it tends to disengage the abdominal muscles (the core), over-engage the back muscles, and doesn't actually resolve some of the bigger problem areas in terms of posture which include the excessive rounding in the upper back (called a kyphosis), and forward position of the head relative to the shoulders (often called forward head or text neck). Rib flaring tends to just hide these things, not balance them out.
Check out this video where I encourage you to explore thoracic extension at a wall to begin truly working on getting good posture - posture that can help reduce the risk of shoulder injuries and relieve tension in the back, neck, and shoulders.
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These videos are intended for educational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before beginning any new exercises or fitness regime. Please be safe, and if any movement ever hurts stop doing it. You may need more help from a medical professional, especially in the beginning, if you've suffered injuries or have chronic pain. Much love!