Neck And Shoulder Health
Today, I’d like to talk to you about neck and shoulder health. One reason for this is because a lot of people are working from home. The kids are on their computers a lot more because they’re not in classrooms, so we spend so much time, unfortunately in forward positions. Our neck is in a forward position, shoulders in a forward position, and more and more of our lives are being spent rounded forward. It’s not good for the neck, it’s not good for the back, it’s not good for the shoulders. Because of this, if you want to give yourself the best chance of working for longer into your life and not having the kind of issues that a lot of people are dealing with, then you need to start focusing on working on your posture’s a little bit better. There are a few easy exercises you can also do to help back that up.
However, the first thing I want to tell you on this is that you have to get rid of this posture: the cell phone posture where everything is going forward. You’re putting anywhere from 20 to 40 pounds more stress against your head when you are in this position. So putting that much more stress to your neck muscles will result in everything back there getting to tight. Your shoulders are forward. To sum it up, nothing good is happening from that. What I’m telling people is, you need to start to elongate yourself. Act and walk like you own the place, stand like you own the place. Make yourself tall and pull your spine long. Let your shoulders just settle from there and tuck your chin back a little bit.
Then when you’re looking at computers or phones, just do a little head nod, and bring it up closer to you. This position is more where you need to be using your head from, not this. So working here, sitting at a desk, getting your back more upright. Using more of a nod, not reaching out for your computers. So keeping everything in tighter. Everything in a line, okay? No matter how much exercise you do or anything else, gravity will always beat you. You can exercise your rear off, then you can go and sit for two hours in a bad position, you’ve undone everything. So what I’d like to caution you to do is to start paying a little bit more attention to your postures. You could go a long way towards avoiding aches and pains so that you can work as long as you want or be able to do the things you wanted to do. Keep watching – we’re going to go over a few shoulder exercises that are very good for posture. If you have further questions, contact us at fitness4lifept.com.
Check out our YouTube page where I will demonstrate three different exercises you can do at home to help with neck and shoulder pain. If you have further questions, contact us at Fitness4LifePT.com.