Monday, 25 November 2013

Foam roller for better posture and reduced shoulder pain

I picked up a tip from a strength coach to lay in the below position on a foam roller for 15 minutes. After doing this most evenings before bed, my posture (which has always been bad) has improved dramatically. Not only have I stopped looking like a vulture but the shoulder pain that I have had for the last two years during movements such as pushups and bench pressing has virtually gone.



                               


If you work in an office, if you are a dentist, or even a student, being in a position with rounded shoulders for the majority of the day can often lead to shoulder and back pain. You can't necessarily change your job but you can reverse the posture that could cause further issues. These issues can manifest themselves in the gym, especially during weight training. Imagine having rounded shoulders and then trying to press a weight directly above your head. Most people do this. If your shoulders are rounded and you try to force them up (with a weight) then this could lead to a whole host of problems due to poor alignment.



If you struggle with poor posture, tight shoulders or a specific injury in this area, try the above for 15 mintues a night. Put on some therapuetic music and it's actually a good way to unwind!

Oli.


                                              


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