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?
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How do I improve my posture? [more inside]
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.
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]
How do you improve your posture as an adult after a lifetime of slouching? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
How should I sit up in bed? [more inside]
How do I improve my posture? [more inside]
My posture has become even worse (if that's possible)! How can I improve it? [more inside]
I switched jobs about a month ago, and since then, my back has been killing me. Help me be more comfortable. [more inside]
How do I stop my joints from popping? [more inside]
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]
What phrases can I repeat to myself to help me improve my posture? [more inside]
What's the process of correcting forward head posture like? [more inside]
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]
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]
Why are my shoulders constantly creeping up toward my ears? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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.
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?
Yoga Experts: Help me navigate the world of Yoga... [more inside]
Does anyone know which medical journals, books, or online sources are credible for research on chiropractic treatments? [more inside]
Does anyone use an exercise-ball as a replacement for a desk chair? [more inside]
"Pop!" goes... my entire body? [more inside]
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]
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?
Does anyone have any recommendations for office chairs in the UK? [more inside]
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.)
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]
How do I straighten up my back? [more inside]
How do I walk and stand correctly? My upright posture sucks and I want to change it. [more inside]
Can I correct my smile posture? [more inside]
I need a program that reminds me to take breaks [more inside]
Looking for people who have experienced forward head posture problems. [more inside]
What is your experience with the Alexander Technique? [more inside]
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.
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]
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