By Miami Beach Chiropractic Sports Physician - Dr. Todd Narson
As you can imagine, one of the most popular questions I get asked nowadays is "what can I do to correct my posture???". Or... "what can I wear to straighten out my posture??"
The technical term for bad posture is "Upper Crossed Syndrome" and was first identified by Vladimir Janda, MD. He identified specific patterns of over-facilitated (very tight) and under-facilitated (over stretched) muscles.
This bad posture comes from a long drawn out process that can and often includes:
1. Prolonged computer use
2. Chronic Texting on your Iphone or Blackberry or other PDA
3. Sitting at a desk for years and years at your job
4. Reading with the book on your lap and your head hanging down
5. Kids/teenagers gaming for prolonged periods
I think you get the idea...
Upper crossed syndrome bad posture can and does cause you to experience neck pain, headaches, upper back pain, radiating pain and more. Not too different from the same symptoms you'd feel with Whiplash. It just occurs slowly over a long period of time...AND you can correct it. But correcting it also takes a long period of time.
Now posture support devices are good, but you can correct this with a few easy stretches and exercises and this is the focus of today's blog. I recorded this video for my patients so they can access it to review what we've gone over in the office and now I offer it up for you too.
These are quick, easy stretches and exercises to be done 3 (or more) times per day. Plan on doing them for 6-12 months or more depending on how bad your posture is. If you do have pain associated with the bad posture, get it evaluated by someone like myself.
Enjoy the video and please pass it on.
Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.