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How can I stop slumping in my chair?

I have a terrible habit of slumping down in my faux-leather chair at work. No matter how often I catch myself and sit up straight, a few minutes later I'm sliding back down. I really hate this because it makes me look like a schlub, especially when the boss comes to my desk. I've actually considered putting some kind of rubber mat on the seat to keep my butt from sliding, but rejected this as unavoidably bizarre. Short of buying a new, more friction-y chair, is there anything I can do to stop this habit?
posted by Enemy of Joy on Mar 19, 2015 - 16 answers

Knitting probably shouldn't hurt, right?

I've just taught myself how to knit. By the time I finish one row, I have also knit my shoulders and spine up into my ears. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Nov 3, 2014 - 24 answers

Knee pain from running. Exercises that will help the problem?

My knee has started to ache while running, and although the pain isn't excruciating I'm starting to feel it while at rest as well. I'd like to hear some exercises that I could work on while I'm waiting (weeks) to see a sports doc. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Sep 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Being comfortable sitting up!

I used to be ill and bed-ridden a lot when I was younger, living in a city with a climate that didn't suit me. I also spent a lot of time lying down (on the bed, the floor, wherever) reading or doing other things. Perhaps as a result, I don't have a very comfortable sitting position. I find it most 'comfortable' to slouch down in a chair with my legs up (against a table, for example). But that has recently been straining my lower back. I need to find a comfortable way to sit up! [more inside]
posted by miaow on Sep 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Have you managed to correct "duck footed" walking?

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 - 21 answers

My arms ache from constant computer usage. Any tips / recommendations?

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 - 24 answers

[Study Filter] Neck and back tension while studying

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 - 7 answers

Postural problems; should I be forcing my shoulders back or not?

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 - 20 answers

Insoles for Dressy Ballet Flats

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 - 13 answers

Put your back into it!

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 - 15 answers

How do I not look pregnant?

How do I improve my posture? [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel on Feb 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Best way to sit on the floor?

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 - 11 answers

My breasts are large for my frame, how can I downplay them and avoid back pain?

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 - 26 answers

My mother never told me to stand up straight.

How do you improve your posture as an adult after a lifetime of slouching? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Sep 1, 2011 - 33 answers

What is going on with my posture?!

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 - 12 answers

How to correct exaggerated spine curvature

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 - 4 answers

Good posture corrective brace

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 - 4 answers

How should I sit up in bed?

How should I sit up in bed? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Apr 24, 2011 - 5 answers

Don't wanna slouch

How do I improve my posture? [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe on Apr 11, 2011 - 25 answers

My friends say "omg, your outfit is so cute!...NOW STRAIGHTEN YOUR BACK!"

My posture has become even worse (if that's possible)! How can I improve it? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Mar 27, 2011 - 25 answers

Yarrrrr, my spine be curved, and so be my chair?

I switched jobs about a month ago, and since then, my back has been killing me. Help me be more comfortable. [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jan 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Give it another decade and I'll be perpetual popcorn

How do I stop my joints from popping? [more inside]
posted by lover on Jan 19, 2011 - 8 answers

My husband's posture is the worst!

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 - 35 answers

Verbal reminders to improve posture

What phrases can I repeat to myself to help me improve my posture? [more inside]
posted by franc.o.bolos on Sep 8, 2010 - 17 answers

Questions about correcting forward head posture

What's the process of correcting forward head posture like? [more inside]
posted by AndGee on Jul 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Laptop Posture

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 - 8 answers

passive or idiot-proof posture improvement?

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 - 33 answers

the great shoulder migration

Why are my shoulders constantly creeping up toward my ears? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on Feb 3, 2010 - 8 answers

How to improve my posture?

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 - 36 answers

Where can I try out fancy office chairs in California's Bay Area (SF, Alameda, Solano, Contra Costa, Napa, Marin, or Sonoma Counties)?

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, Leap, Freedom, 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 - 6 answers

MAKE me bedazzled!

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 - 8 answers

Why do people develop bad posture?

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 - 23 answers

Alternatives to Nike Free shoes

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 - 17 answers

Becoming a true Yogi....

Yoga Experts: Help me navigate the world of Yoga... [more inside]
posted by unexpected on Mar 16, 2009 - 18 answers

Quack-proof chiropractic treatments

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 - 9 answers

Using an exercise ball as a desk chair

Does anyone use an exercise-ball as a replacement for a desk chair? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Dec 11, 2008 - 27 answers

Once I "pop," I can't stop

"Pop!" goes... my entire body? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Oct 9, 2008 - 9 answers

Help my neck.

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? [more inside]
posted by distrakted on Aug 27, 2008 - 9 answers

Correcting Posture in 12-year-old

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 - 49 answers

What's the best option for office chairs in the UK?

Does anyone have any recommendations for office chairs in the UK? [more inside]
posted by idiomatika on Jun 27, 2008 - 1 answer

Help me hold my head up high

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 - 16 answers

What affordable office chair is the best for a disabled body? But

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 - 6 answers

Straighten me out!

How do I straighten up my back? [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Feb 8, 2008 - 15 answers

How do I walk and stand correctly?

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 - 16 answers

:) -> :D

Can I correct my smile posture? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jul 9, 2007 - 13 answers

Windows RSI reminder program

I need a program that reminds me to take breaks [more inside]
posted by killa62 on Dec 21, 2006 - 15 answers

Forward Head Posture = Pain

Looking for people who have experienced forward head posture problems. [more inside]
posted by yorick on Sep 3, 2006 - 13 answers

Oy vey, my back!

What is your experience with the Alexander Technique? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Aug 7, 2006 - 8 answers

What muscle group opposes the pectorals?

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 - 12 answers

Oh how my back does ache...

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 - 20 answers

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