Soothe my back, stop the clicking
January 14, 2013 11:19 AM Subscribe
I'm a mid-30s female, and I am finding my back is becoming less and flexible over the years while my core and upper body are getting weaker. How can I fix this?
posted by wingless_angel to health & fitness (20 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I am of average weight but carry all the excess in my tummy. I know I walk with a bad posture and hunch while working at my computer. I occasionally suffer from a pinched nerve in the thoracic region which can be excruciating, I have seen physiotherapists for this when it is at its worst. I also get bad 'mouse arm' when I've worked too much. In the past year, I also now find I have occasional pain in the front of my right shoulder (I mouse with my right hand). In the past couple of months, every time I turn my neck, I hear a clicking sound.
I'm in an office environment. Since November I get 40 minutes a day exercise, bike commuting. I bought a new bed then, too. In the past I enjoyed: skating, ballet. I have found useful: restorative yoga, running occasionally. I don't enjoy: swimming, gyms (but if essential would rejoin one), crunches/pushups/stationery or repetitive exercise.
I'm looking for practical advice to strengthen my core (even advice like - should I use a backpack instead of a handbag), specific exercises and/or videos, and ways to stretch and strengthen my back. Thanks!