Did you know that in any given month, 1 out of 4 adults suffers from neck, upper back or shoulder pain? I’m guessing these statistics are going to be going up in the next few years as we collectively spend more time at the computer, doing tasks with our arms in front of our bodies (holding babies, breastfeeding, cooking in the kitchen, sewing, reading etc) and have less exercise involving overhead lifting and pressing motions.
Doing so much with our arms in front of our bodies causes an imbalance in our posture, pulling the head and upper back forward and the shoulders start hanging forward as well. This puts a constant pull on the muscles of the upper back and shoulders. New mothers are especially vulnerable to upper back pain due to the postural strains of pregnancy and holding their not-so-little one. Add in a little stress and voila, you have a recipe for disaster.
In today’s video, I show how to do a posture test at home to evaluate your posture and also give you a corrective exercise to help loosen you up called Open Books. If you have posture problems or upper back/shoulder pain, give this a try. If you don’t start feeling better within a couple of days, you might need some professional help to jump start the process and some guidance how to self-manage in the future. Of course, we are always happy to assist. Just call us at 224-653-8094 if you need to reserve an appointment.
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