Posts Tagged "alignment"

Quick Tip: Want to relax while you open up the pecs?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want to relax while you open up the pecs?

Many members of our clinical team assign pec stretches as homework between sessions. It’s often clinically indicated because so many of our clients work at desks, or in professions that require them to frequently reach and bend forward. These activities often lead to tight pec muscles, and tight pecs can end up pulling you farther forward. Over time, these patterns can lead to pain and misalignment, and you might find them playing a role far from the desk — like as you train for the Rock n’ Roll Marathon this coming Saturday, or as you lean towards other wellness goals that...

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Quick Tip: Ready for your next alignment tip?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Ready for your next alignment tip?

Did you catch the first stretch in chiropractor Dr. Katherine McCarty’s 7-point posture program? Katherine compiled this series of stretches to help us counteract our forward-bending tendencies — and to address the neck and back discomfort those patterns often cause. This week, we’re sharing the second and third points in the program: stretches for the Trapezius and Levator Scapulae. Take a little break from your desk today, and follow along with the video below! While practicing these stretches regularly can point us in the right direction, sometimes we do need a more...

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Quick Tip: Want seven tips for alignment?

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Want seven tips for alignment?

Finding your body’s most natural alignment can seem daunting. But it’s often a question of taking small steps in the right direction. That’s why we love the 7-point posture program designed by chiropractor Dr. Katherine McCarty. The program helps counteract forward-bending tendencies that often come with desk work, and you can do all the exercises in 10 minutes! Check out the first stretch in the series — which targets the pecs — below.   Want to delve deeper? To support desk workers, athletes, and anyone experiencing pain, Katherine is offering adjustments...

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Quick Tip: How’s your alignment in plank pose?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: How’s your alignment in plank pose?

If your Psoas therapist has ever recommended stretches or exercises to address tension in the back, you know that a strong core is essential. While there are many ways to safely strengthen the core, plank pose is an awesome option. This popular yoga position can help you develop strength and stability in the back, but it can also be tricky to set up with proper alignment. In this week’s Quick Tip, Psoas therapist Luke Karamol demonstrates how to get into plank pose safely and functionally. Do keep in mind that while plank pose is great for many clients, we don’t recommend it if...

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Quick Tip: Are your shoulders creeping up?

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Are your shoulders creeping up?

Sometimes such simple movements can help us move and feel better. This week’s Quick Tip from the archive is one of those — a brief shoulder shrug exercise that can improve our alignment and reduce pain. And it’s so easy, you’ll be able to find time for it even at your busiest! For many of us, from desk workers to cyclists, our shoulders creep progressively upwards throughout the day. Over time, this pattern of raised shoulders can cause neck, shoulder and back discomfort — among other things. But practicing this simple shoulder shrug, along with some directed...

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