Updated: May 23, 2019
Commonly called "text neck", a hunched posture is a habit of rounded shoulders; a resting shoulder position that has moved forward from the body's ideal alignment. These positions disrupt how the muscles in the neck, back, and shoulders normally function. It is these muscles that control the way the body maintains its posture throughout the day, so it is important to correct or it could lead to joint stiffness, increased fall risk, muscle tightness and back pain.
The layperson may see 'typical poor posture" in a person with a rounded or stooped posture, but a kinesiologist sees;
Cervical Flexion - suggest signs of soft tissue issues in a potentially unstable spine.
Thoracic Flexion - can lead to a stiff rib cage and an unstable trunk
Posterior Pelvic Tilt - the lower back arches inward, a posterior pelvic tilt puts a lot of stress on your lower back
To avoid further damage, a kinesiologist would recommend a strengthening exercise such as a seated back extension. The seated back extension is an exercise for your lower back. Strengthening these muscles will improve your posture and might help you to reduce back problems.
To do a seated back extension, sit in a sturdy chair, such as a heavy dining room chair, preferably not an armchair. Good posture will be easier to achieve if you’re sitting on a more rigid surface. No other equipment is required. You want to be sure you start with your feet firmly planted, knees at a 90-degree angle, and sitting square in the seat, not perched on the edge. Stretch and extend the lower back and mid back muscles as in the picture to the right. Do 3 sets of 5-8 repetitions.
Doing these seated back extensions can also help with mid back pain associated with postural strain. This will make it easier to maintain good posture while sitting and standin
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