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How to Stretch Your Way to Better Health

Stretch Health

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Life is motion. “Motion is lotion” for your body. You get the idea. The point is that moving every day is crucial to your overall health and wellness, and stretching (and knowing how to stretch properly) is an important part to making sure you’re moving well.

The truth is, stretching is an often overlooked element of self care. That’s a big part of why we teach stretch therapy in Hallettsville, TX. Many of us think the need to stretch applies only to athletes or that we need to commit to yoga for stretching to help us.

This simply is not true. Consider this. When you wake up in the morning or stir from a nap, what’s the first thing you tend to do? Stretch! It’s almost as if your body is trying to tell you something, isn’t it? Incorporating stretches and exercises that focus on flexibility into your daily routine, whatever it may be, can help your body maintain the ability to move through its full range of motion without pain.

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The Surprising Link Between Posture and Depression

Posture and Depression

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Posture can either work for or against us. Each day we’re learning more and more about new health conditions associated with prolonged sitting, ill-positioned technology, and even furniture that may have been repurposed to suit the frantic requirements levied at the start of the pandemic. It’s obvious that it’s never been more important to find the best posture for working at our computers.

We’re also learning more about how emotions, posture, and pain sensitivity may all be influenced by each other to some degree. In fact, posture and depression may be connected. Consider this. Have you ever been able to tell someone’s mood just by how they walked into a room? We all have! It’s a great example of how our posture and attitude are connected.

Within seconds you can look at someone and tell whether they are confident or happy. Posture can influence mood and vice versa for a number of reasons. Let’s take a closer look at posture and depression.

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Postural Stress: The Link Between Tech Neck and Pain

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It’s certainly true your genetics can contribute a lot to the levels of postural stress you experience, but so can many of the small decisions you make each day. You’ve probably seen an article or two floating around the web about the relationship between tech neck and pain.

Did you know that many of us spend 2 hours or more per day on our smartphones and 5 hours or more on our computers? That adds up to thousands of hours year after year after year of you keeping your neck “stuck” in an awkward position!

Take a moment right now and check… Is your head creeping forward as you read this? If your chin is tucked down and your ears are in front of your shoulders, you are in the forward head posture called tech neck. You may have also heard this posture referred to as “text neck.”

Driving a car, working on the computer, and using a tablet or phone all usually result in this less-than-ideal posture. Over the past few years, the number of people experiencing headaches and tech neck and pain has exploded.

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Improving Your Posture to Keep Your Spine Healthy

Bottom Line:
Spending more time on the couch, at your computer, and on your mobile devices has probably led you to visit Google to search for ways to start improving your posture a time or two. Those searches have probably also left you wondering… what exactly is posture?

Well, posture is the position that your body maintains while standing, sitting, or lying down. To put it another way, posture is how you hold your body. To put it yet another way, posture is the particular stance you have when sitting, standing, running, walking, sleeping, and even bending over.

Posture is one of those things that we all know we need to work on. When you slouch in your chair or stand with poor posture, you put extra strain on your joints and force your muscles to work harder, and that can result in pain.

Take your neck for example. If you sit with your head’s center of gravity aligned over the spine, your neck muscles need to do very little work. However, if you sit with your head tilted forward as you would when checking your email or social media on your phone or computer, the muscles in your neck take on the extra strain it takes to hold your head in that position. That results in a lot of extra work for your neck muscles, and your body has to compensate.

Weakened or unbalanced muscle strength can result in additional stress on your spinal joints. Over time, the additional stress caused by postural imbalances and tired muscles can lead to changes in how you move and pain.

Are you experiencing daily, nagging aches and pains? Getting a posture assessment in Hallettsville, TX is a great place to start. There are things you can do from the comfort of your own home as well.

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