When your Mom used to tell you to straighten up, she wasn’t just nagging you for no reason. Good posture offers many health benefits, giving you more energy because you avoid muscle tension, pain, and fatigue.
You get fewer headaches, less back pain, and even increased lung capacity. You’ll even look a little taller and more in control!
But you don’t have to wander around with a book on your head to enjoy great posture. A daily stretch routine can work wonders.
Here are a few stretches to support good posture.
- Lie down on your back.
- Place your feet flat on the floor and bend your knees.
- Place your hands flat on the floor so that your arms touch the floor.
- Lift your hips and torso off the ground, then lower them again.
- Repeat 10-15 times.
Seated Overhead Arm Raises
- Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the ground.
- Straighten up until you’re sitting with proper posture.
- Let your arms fall to your sides.
- Raise both simultaneously until they’re stretching gently over your head.
- Repeat 10-15 times.
- Stand upright.
- Plant your feet on the ground.
- Bring your hands to the middle of your chest, pressed together as if in prayer.
- Correct your posture, so you’re standing straight and tall.
- Lift one leg to your thigh or shin and press the sole of your foot into your leg.
- Use your core to help gain additional stability.
- Switch your feet slowly.
- Repeat the set 2 to 3 times.
- Stand straight.
- Shift your shoulder blades to the back.
- Lift your arms so they’re at a 90-degree angle at your sides.
- Squeeze your shoulder blades and pull your arms straight back.
- Repeat 10 to 15 times.
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Straighten your arms behind you and lace your fingers together.
- Lean forward at the hips, bringing the top of your head towards the floor.
- Push your hands towards the ceiling.
- Keep your back as straight as possible.
- Return to the standing position.
- Repeat 4 to 5 times.
If these stretches alone aren’t correcting your posture how you want them to, you can always try guided stretch therapy with help from the Reach Stretch and Recovery team.
Our stretch therapists can help you stretch far more deeply and thoroughly than you could on your own and ease you into a state of relaxation. Adding stretch therapy to your weekly routine offers many other benefits as well.
Ready to improve your posture, health, and life? Contact us to schedule your first appointment today.
REACH’s 2 STEP APPROACH TO RECOVERY THERAPY
RELAX – RESTORE – RECHARGE
Step 1: Identify Your Problem Areas
- It all starts with your Mobility Risk Factor Assessment called .
- This helps us identify the root cause of your current problem areas due to:
– Life’s Daily Wear & Tear
– Your Aches/Pain
– Muscle Imbalances & Weakness
– Flexibility/Mobility Limitations
– Posture Issues
- A Mobility Risk Factor Assessment is a MUST before starting any Stretch & Recovery Therapy Program.
Step 2: Targeted Recovery Therapy
- Your Mobility Risk Factor Assessment helps us create a Personalized Recovery Therapy Plan that targets your problem areas which will Shorten your Recovery Time.
- Each of our Stretch & Recovery sessions are a balanced blend of Corrective Stretch, Percussion, Compression, CBD and Heat
- Risk Factor Re-Assessments:
– Suggested every 30-60 days
– See your improvements
– Realize the benefits of Stretch & Recovery