If you once walked with an extreme turnout of the hips/feet, but corrected it, what did you do that worked? Or if you tried and weren't successful, what did NOT work?
posted by ladybird
on May 14, 2014 -
I have a dull, constant pain mostly around my elbows and forearms. I'm entrenched in a technology lifestyle - I work with computers full-time, enjoy gaming in my free-time, and hold my phone up to my face in bed. The pain impacts many activities I deem valuable. How can I mitigate or prevent this pain without drastically altering my lifestyle? I understand you are not my doctor. [more inside]
posted by WCF
on Apr 4, 2014 -
I recently started a very intense study abroad program in Beijing studying Chinese. Classes start at 8am and go until 5pm, then I come home and study until I go to sleep around 11pm. Through all this work my neck and back tend to become very tense. [more inside]
posted by lalunamel
on Mar 16, 2014 -
I was recently diagnosed with shoulder instability/thoracic outlet syndrome/shoulder impingement syndrome stemming from a lifetime of computer with forward head and rounded shoulders posture. I have been working on exercises to help strengthen my back muscles, and have also been stretching my neck and chest. One problem I cannot get a straight answer on, However, is knowing whether to keep my shoulders pulled back in everyday life or not. Can anyone share with me evidence of the benefits of squared shoulders, or anecdotes of their experiences with keeping their shoulders held back on a daily basis? [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180
on Dec 6, 2013 -
I own, and love, Naturalizer Maude flats
for working as a bank teller, where I stand at least half the day and constantly hop off and on my stool. When they're new, the comfort insole is perfect for my feet. However, after a year of use, I've squashed any cushioning they have and they're killing me
. What insoles will fit into a dressy ballet flat that does not have removable insoles? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana
on Jan 18, 2013 -
If it's bad to "lift with your back, not with your legs", then is it bad to do back hyperextensions on a roman chair with weights? [more inside]
posted by brenton
on Dec 10, 2012 -
I sit on the floor a lot. It's uncomfortable and difficult to sustain. Please share with me your techniques and poses to help me achieve this. Bonus points for Alexander-related techniques.
posted by tel3path
on Dec 24, 2011 -
My breasts are disproportionately large for my frame (34E/F, 5'2", upper-normal BMI). Because of this, my posture is terrible and my style has been decidedly cramped. Short of getting a breast reduction, how can I dress better, improve my posture, and keep my back from hurting all the time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 17, 2011 -
I've noticed that my pelvis/lower back appears to have a fairly significant tilt to one side. How can I get this diagnosed as to whether it is just a muscular problem, leg length problem, spine problem, skeletal problem or something else entirely? [more inside]
posted by fernbritton
on Jul 30, 2011 -
For those of you who have had success with treating kyphosis and the like: I have postural kyphosis. I do a lot of muscle exercises and stretching to correct my posture and have actually gained 1.5 inches in height but my spine still has a very exaggerated curve. I think I have the muscular side covered but are there any skeletal manipulations I could be doing ie. chiro adjustments that will help lessen the exaggerated curvature? [more inside]
posted by dino terror
on Jun 27, 2011 -
Can you recommend a good posture corrective brace? Generally, I have a slight "hunched over the computer" posture (more so when I'm actually at the computer), and would like to correct it. I looked at this one
, which seems to have good reviews, but wanted to ask for an opinion before I buy something that may potentially have side effects on my back.
posted by dcrocha
on May 12, 2011 -
My husband has HORRIBLE posture. How can I help him change this without being a total nag and / or sounding like his mother? [more inside]
posted by onceisnotenough
on Jan 13, 2011 -
Is it bad for my posture/back/neck, general health to work sitting up in bed, laptop on my stretched out legs, for most of the day? [more inside]
posted by Elsie
on Apr 2, 2010 -
I have bad posture, but I'm not sure how to get it right. Looking for passive or idiot-proof tools/tricks for posture improvement. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell
on Feb 16, 2010 -
So after watching a video of myself, I've realized that I have terrible posture. I slouch a lot. I've always known this, and periodically I'll try to stand up straighter, but after a few days I just go back to normal. Does anyone have any experience with beating the slouch for good?
posted by ben5757
on Jan 27, 2010 -
California - Bay Area: where can I try out crazy good office chairs?
All the advice posts/asks say to test a chair out before buying and I want to try the Think
, Aeron, or your other suggestions before my office buys a new chair for me ... but where (from SF to Oakland to Sonoma to Napa) can I go to get test these chairs out? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb
on Oct 28, 2009 -
I would like to make my iPosture
which I want to wear as a medallion resemble something of an actual medallion instead of a medical device. [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop
on Jul 16, 2009 -
Why do people develop bad posture? If it is true that good posture requires less energy to maintain, lines everything up correctly, and is more comfortable than bad posture, then why do people develop habits of slouching and otherwise maintaining bad posture?
N.B. I am not wondering why people who have already developed bad posture tend to maintain that habit or why people will occasionally reposition themselves for a few minutes in order to loosen up or relax their muscles. My question is why people learn to regularly have bad posture if good posture is so much "better" mechanically.
posted by philosophygeek
on Jun 3, 2009 -
I've been hearing a lot about the benefits of walking barefoot, and barring that, wearing shoes like the Vibram Five Fingers or Nike Frees, which aren't padded. But are there cheaper alternatives? Wouldn't the lineup of Converse All-Stars and Puma shoes, to give two examples, have the same effect? Any others?
posted by dicetumbler
on May 10, 2009 -
Does anyone know which medical journals, books, or online sources are credible for research on chiropractic treatments? [more inside]
posted by johannahdeschanel
on Jan 16, 2009 -
I sit at a computer all day and then like to play/compose at the piano in the evening. I've always had slight discomfort "sitting up strait" due to forward head posture, but I've been able to minimize the discomfort with frequent breaks, stretching and such. Recently the pain has increased. I've read up on posture and have started Alexander Technique lessons, but when I try to sit up strait as in all the ergonomic diagrams and as directed in lesson, the base of my neck and the area between my shoulder blades aches MORE. Shouldn't correct posture minimize this? Any advice, exercises, or techniques to get my body on board with the new posture?
posted by distrakted
on Aug 27, 2008 -
How can I help my 12-year-old daughter correct her posture? She’s fit, physically active, has decent self esteem…and perpetually rounded shoulders. When I remind her to stand tall, she temporarily straightens up, but then she’s slouched again soon after. At this point I’m concerned that her body doesn’t know what it’s supposed to feel like to stand straight, and that it will be even harder to correct later. I hate to be constantly nagging her, and it doesn’t seem to be working anyways. Suggestions?
posted by rsclark
on Aug 17, 2008 -
I'm very tall (6'6"), and like most tall people, struggle with posture - I tend to slump my shoulders forward and tilt my head down, especially when standing. Are there any exercises that target that area (upper back, neck) that will pull the shoulders back and make standing/sitting properly "feel right"? (I lift weights regularly, but I think my back is a weak spot - the more I lift, the worse I feel my posture gets.)
posted by jbickers
on May 21, 2008 -
I have an illness that caused severe arthritis and nerve damage. I would like an affordable office chair that would work the best with my challenges. [more inside]
posted by erleichda
on May 1, 2008 -
How do I walk and stand correctly? My upright posture sucks and I want to change it. [more inside]
posted by JZig
on Dec 27, 2007 -
I'm trying to revise my dumbbell-based home workout. I do bench presses for my chest, but what's the best exercise to oppose that? I'd been doing rows, but I've been noticing that my posture is bad and I want to be sure the weights aren't contributing to the problem.
posted by futility closet
on Jul 18, 2006 -
There's sore back muscles, and then there's just back 'ache'. Does anyone know what this is and how it can be prevented? [more inside]
posted by dino terror
on Jun 23, 2006 -
Help me devise a fitness and weight-gaining plan for the summer. (Los Angeles - area specific suggestions much appreciated, too) [more inside]
posted by sirion
on Mar 30, 2006 -
I went to see Ben Folds here in Milwaukee last night, and by about halfway through the main act, I was in serious pain, just from standing there. My feet, especially my heels, were killing, and my lower back was stiff and uncomfortable as well.
My question is: Is there any way to avoid this? [more inside]
posted by joshjs
on Mar 13, 2006 -
Should I use an exercise/balance ball instead of an office chair? Anyone done it? Is it actually comfortable for long stints at the computer? If so, what size should I get? [more inside]
posted by sirion
on Dec 21, 2005 -