Regain Posture with Stretches
Posture Lost, Posture Found Through Stretching
While concentrating at my computer recently I lost my posture. All of a sudden I realized that it had deserted me without notice. Before I knew it my neck and spine were alerting me to the my system's support error.
A friend I counted on had evacuated and fled the scene of the accident. Bells and whistles were sounding off all the way down my arms and back, as well as upward in the smaller muscles of my head.
Letting my posture slip through my fingers meant that a headache was on the horizon and coming into view at a high rate of speed. Regrouping myself was not a choice or I would wind up doing more damage by taking an OTC pain something or another.
Without correct posture I was in the kind of trouble that meant a change was necessary and that there could be no delay. Denial was futile, ignoring it would be victimizing myself.
In shouting their claims that at my age I should know better, the symptoms gave me a straightforward warning that I was going to pay a price if I didn't heed the reprimand, and they meant what they said. Worse yet, I knew I had no excuse.
I certainly do know that maintaining posture with common-sense stretching goes hand-in-hand with good health, but I need to remember it. Though we don't often think of it as our friend, we do have pain to help us know when we need to change course, thankfully.
Solving Posture Problems with Practical Stretching
It’s been a good while since I purchased my balance ball chair. Thanks to a lower back problem I was provoked into the purchase but I’ve been thankful for it since day one. It came with an exercise guide so I learned right away about popping the ball out of its frame for general stretching and exercising.
The chair is a huge help with fatigue when typing--so much so that I often sit longer than I should because I am comfortable. Sitting (correctly) on this chair also enhances my sense of balance as it helps me keep my spinal column aligned.
The pain relief for my lower back is enough reason for me to justify buying this piece of office equipment and the extra benefits are proverbial icing on the cake. I just need to be sure I take advantage of the extras.
Today's experience reminded me that I really can solve posture problems and have pain relief. If I'll access all of the benefits of this chair I can build an even stronger muscular system to help me maintain good posture habits.
Posture Correction Guide:
Take Responsibility for Your Posture--Use Common Sense Stretching for Your Health
Even though stretching is important, I still have a responsibility to maintain my entire posture or there will be a mutiny among my body's systems. Doing so when using the ball chair does increase muscle strength, but I still forget when I focus intently on writing.
Too often, I not only need to sit up straight but I neglect my posture long enough that I desperately need to slowly realign my neck and spine if I want to protect my weak lower back. Waiting too long again meant starting slow.
By gently pulling up I straightened my spine and neck gradually. Then I relaxed with my arms at my sides. After taking a few deep breaths I slowly lifted my arms out to the sides and over my head, clasping my hands.
Pulling my spine and neck a bit higher, but not taut, I gently bent to one side and then the other from the waist, letting my head tilt a bit, stretching it to each side respectively. A few repetitions of this and I was rewarded with some of those wonderful little feel-good pops.
Your Posture Can Be Corrected
Next, as I continued to maintain good posture, I put my hands on my waist, elbows straight out from each side. Gently bending from the waist I concentrated on stretching my lower back side to side. How nice it was to be rewarded with good relief from constriction in that area too!
Thinking this through caused me to realize another reason for the need to maintain correct posture. If I had been startled when I was in such a bad position for that prolonged period of time I could have easily jerked to a straight position and injured my neck–quite possibly seriously!
Hopefully, writing all this out to share it with you will help me consistently remember what I know. A relaxed upright position is the healthiest and safest habit I can nurture at the computer keyboard.
An added benefit is that strengthening muscles that support my neck and spinal column will help me maintain good posture when I am working in the kitchen or garden, painting, sewing, walking, and especially when picking up my grandchildren. There is no point in any of us getting hurt because of stupid carelessness on my part!
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What About Your Posture? Do You know what Common Sense Stretching Means for Your Needs?
You should not just follow my path. Think about what your body is telling you. Do some reading on stretching and exercise for your posture (links below are provided as a springboard), and if you are having serious problems get the advice of a professional trainer, a chiropractor, or a doctor.
Be sure to check out the links and videos below for more information. The first video was a huge help to me. I've started a Back Pain board on Pinterest that you might like to check out. There’s so much we can do to help ourselves if we will take the first steps in the process.
For now, I am going to take my ball out of its chair frame and go do some more stretches before continuing to work this afternoon. I'm smiling now about how good it will feel to get stretched out!
Linking You to More Info for Improved Health:
Useful information to help you find important solutions for health issues can be found in the links provided below. Learn about the benefits for every aspect of your well-being and how to be bold about sustaining your health by solving the posture issues specific to your needs.
• An Indiana University 2014 report on using a balance ball as your office chair can help you decide whether to buy one.
• Oppose osteoporosis with the posture exercises that target issues with flexibility and which will strengthen your spine's support system.
• Paying attention to your posture helps you easily make needed changes.
• Headaches and posture: how are they related and how can you solve the problem?
Get Rid of Pain Due to Failed Posture:
• Effective stretch to improve posture: Learn beneficial new stretches!
• Pillows for nighttime posture can make a huge difference in how we feel.
• Looking for yet more resources with helpful information that can be used to improve your health?
• Be proactive about your health by taking responsibility to use what you learn for the most benefit.
• Boost your memory and improve your life at any age.
• Staying fit and healthy when you are 65+ is possible and it's up to you!
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