Even when you are not sitting at your computer, you are likely checking something on your phone. This postures typically mean that you are looking down at your screen with rounded shoulders and a forward head posture. It doesn’t take long for a posture to become a habit.
Poor posture has more than just less than optimal aesthetic side effects. It can lead to bony changes in the spine, headaches, back pain, hip and shoulder pain, even poor digestion and less than optimal cardiovascular function. (2, 3, 4, 5)
Adding in yoga postures to your daily routine can not only help to reverse less than optimal postural habits but it can make you more aware of your posture in general.
Here are a few yoga postures that you can do anywhere or anytime decrease the tendency for rounded shoulders. All you need is a few minutes and yourself.
This is a good way relax the upper shoulders and trap muscles and allow the shoulder to be in an open position in the socket by gently facing your palms forward.
A low lunge is a great way to reverses bad posture by opening up the shoulders, chest, and hips. When we sit, the muscles that flex our hips shorten by almost three inches. This is important to remember because if the lower body is pulling the upper body forward, then it’s difficult for the upper spine to continue to remain upright so the shoulders may tend to round.
Medical Therapeutic Yoga and physical therapy is a great combination to help correct rounded shoulder posture. For more on how yoga can support you physical therapy treatment, click here to schedule a complimentary phone consultation with one of our physical therapists.
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