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Posted on 04-27-2017

Right around the corner is everyone’s favorite time of the year. I know you’ve been looking forward to it all year, because I have been too. I probably don’t even have to tell you about what I’m talking about, because it’s everyone’s favorite month, especially here in New England.  That’s right, I’m talking about National Posture Month (aka May)!

Posture can be a sore subject for a lot of people, because everyone thinks they’re terrible at it. Who wants to be told over and over again that they need to stop slouching, pull their shoulders back, and sit up tall. We all know what better posture is right? So why does everyone seem so bad at it (besides professional flutists)? So this year, instead of berating you for having bad posture, I’m going to give you a few tips on how to make improving yours a little less painful.

1) Improve your low back strength

Exercises like glute bridges and supermans actively extend your back against gravity, and good posture starts with not slouching, right? When your low back muscles are stronger, they don’t have to try as hard to hold you up and prevent you from slumping down. If your low back isn’t positioned right, the rest of you can’t be either.

2) Stretch those pecs

What is the second thing your mother always told you besides stop slouching? “Pull your shoulders back.” Well, your pectoralis minor’s job is to roll your shoulders forward, and if those are too tight, you can’t help but roll your shoulders forward. Stretch your shoulders back using a doorway to help loosen up the front of your shoulders. Can you guess what we’re going to do to the back of your shoulders?

3) Strengthen your midback

If we need your chest to be looser so your shoulders can be free to move back, then we need the muscles that pull your shoulders back into a healthier position to be stronger. Exercises like wall slides, W’s, and back fly’s are all good exercises to start strengthening your mid back and shoulders.

The most important part about all of these stretches and exercises is that you’re doing them right to make sure you’re targeting the right muscle groups and not doing anything to hurt yourself. If you have any doubts at all, come on in for a checkup and we will help you improve your posture and make your mother proud!

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