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I have really poor posture and suffer from back and neck pain any tips to improve it?

November 19th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments
FunkyMonk asked:

My head tends to jut forward and I suffer from low back pain. Please don’t say chiropractor or yoga/pilates. I’m looking for exercises and tips.

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  1. Lily
    November 21st, 2008 at 10:06 | #1

    Well… my physio had me doing an exercise for my back that went something along these lines….

    Get down on the floor on your hands and knees and arch your back upwards (kind of like a cat stretching) and then arch your back downwards… do this like 10 times everynight.

  2. lillardlane
    November 24th, 2008 at 06:55 | #2

    Try a Physical Therapist. Physical Therapy will teach you how to gently exercise your back without hurting it more. Good Luck.

  3. Amanda H
    November 26th, 2008 at 17:40 | #3

    lay on the floor lay on a tennis ball where the neck back meet up
    roll yourself on the ball so it massages the muscles
    try to walk as though you have a string attached to the top of your head, like a puppet, be consious about how you carry your head
    also use ice packs for the pain instead of heat, or alternate both

  4. BEPR
    November 27th, 2008 at 23:39 | #4

    Because it’s hard to break old habits, here’s a tip on how to train yourself to stand more erect while keeping your shoulders held back.

    1. Stand in a corner with your feet around 2 feet from the wall, distance will depend on your size.
    2. Place your palms, at shoulder height, flat against opposite walls.
    3. Slowly lean in toward the point where the walls meet.
    4. Repeat 10 times once a day.

    I was given this exercise when I was having a lot of back pain, much of which was caused by bad sitting posture.

    Not only does your day time posture affect your neck and back, but your sleeping posture does, as well. Before you fall off to sleep try to straighten out your upper body, the same way you would if sitting or standing. Training yourself to sleep like this can make a big change.

    Because of my back pain issues, I’m in the process of putting together a website that is all about back exercise and creating pain relieving approaches to your daily activity. You may find some useful back and neck stretches there.

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