How To Use A Foam Roller To Improve Posture
In today’s world, too many of us spend the majority of our awake hours in a seated position. Whether we are working on the computer, answering phone calls, driving, etc, many of us spend our workdays in a flexed and seated posture. This prolonged seated positioning often leads poor posture, which can be observed as a rounded back, forward head and shoulder position (see illustration below).
Poor posture for 6, 7, 8+ hours a day can lead to a wide array of chronic overuse injuries. These can include: neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder impingement, low back pain, hip flexor tightness, etc. The use of a simple foam roller on a daily basis can help counteract the effect of chronic poor sitting posture. Used as part of your daily morning or evening routine, it can greatly improve the mobility of the midback (thoracic spine) and thus help aid in the prevention of chronic overuse injuries.
Instructions for use:
Place foam roller perpendicular to spine and gently extend your upperback over the foam roller. Slowly move the foam roller from your lower back towards your neck for two to five minutes per day.
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