There are many reasons for stooped posture including poor core muscle strength, occupational strains with prolonged neck and spine flexion, heavy schoolbags or backpacks, spending too long on mobile devices, poor desk and chair ergonomics, lack of exercise and even our subconcious self body image.
Starting with exercise, there are many simple recommended activities including swimming, hydrotherapy, resistance workouts in a gym, yoga and tai chi which will activate and tone the spinal muscles, give you better upright balanced posture and get you moving more.
An overview with a qualified practitioner such as chiropractor, osteopath, myotherapist or physiotherapist is a good start. The wrong activity can also be harmful.
Everything in moderation remembering that it takes years to learn bad postural habits and will take some time to build tone and memory to the muscles who have to ‘go back top school’ and learn again. Too much too soon can work against you and your activity should be programmed and monitored by your therapist.
Having said all this, a comprehensive postural and spinal exam is needed to exclude other health issues and to address the cause of the problem. There are a range of manual therapies that enjoy success in mobilising the spinal joints, release muscle tension and relieve neural pain.
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