Whilst we see lots of people with back problems, neck and shoulder issues feature highly too. Sometimes people are not even aware of the tension they create in this area. It seems it’s our default position when we are cross/stressed/tired or all of that are shoulders up around our ears. Truly if we tensed our abdominal wall or maybe the pelvic floor muscles as often as we did our shoulders, we’d all have 6 packs and Tena Lady/Man would see the share price fall with lack of sales. Sadly it’s not, constant tensing of the shoulders around our ears simply seems to create problems with pain and poor posture being the end result.
It’s a simple fix though. Correct head and neck alignment is the start, but do you know what that looks like? ‘Normal’ for you could be poor alignment due to years of sitting at desk over a keyboard, steering wheel, teaching small children, or any number of reasons for sustained posture. Anyone new to our classes is always taught what the optimum alignment is for every exercise we teach.
Doing a bit of self-massage on the tops of the shoulders and around the back of the neck really does help too. Strengthening the muscles that support the neck is key.
These techniques are easily learned and if you put it into practice on a daily basis working gently then you can turn around poor posture, reduce neck and shoulder pain and greatly improve weak neck muscles and create the balance you need.
The message here is simple, however you have to do the work, you do need to do it daily or every other day and you have to be consistent. You cannot fix it with one session a week, you can’t give it to someone else to sort out for you, sorry! It’s a bit unreasonable to expect to turn around years of poor posture in minutes. Honestly a few minutes a day really can improve it and by doing it little and often you are going to see the long term benefits that become your ‘normal’ and create the correct position to balance your head on top of your spine with minimal effort..just how it was designed to be!
Karen Grinter, Mum, Pilates Teacher, Back Pain and Exercise Specialist, Business Owner and Millie's Owner!
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Mr Nick Birch, Consultant Spinal Surgeon