Quick Tip: Outsmart your slouching habit

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Health and Wellness

A lot of people make the mistake of trying to correct their posture with too much force or violence. When you try to correct your posture by jerking your shoulders back, you can sometimes overdo it and create new problems in the body. In this week’s Quick Tip, the last one of Upper Crossed Month, Psoas therapist Esther Bramlett offers up an extremely gentle way for you to maintain healthy posture while sitting in front of the computer without any harmful over-compensation.

Esther sees a lot of clients who come in with neck and back pain from working at a desk for long hours. If that sounds familiar to you, she suggests that you try wearing the theraband around your shoulders while sitting at the computer. You should tie the theraband at arms length to create just enough light pressure to remind the shoulders and scapula to shift down the back, and the chest to open up. You shouldn’t experience too much sensation, but the light presence of the theraband can make a huge difference in helping your body learn correct posture, even after you take the theraband off. Follow Esther’s instructions to get the theraband positioned properly, and try wearing it one hour a day for a week.

Get yourself a theraband the next time you’re in the studio (if you don’t have one already), and let us know how it goes!