Hey everyone, it’s Dr. Dave! Hopefully you’re all out there creating those great experiences in your lives.
I keep mentioning creating those great experiences in your life. Sometimes to get to where you’re going to create those great experiences you must drive. Maybe you take a taxi or an Uber, but you must get there. One of the interesting things is this: Did you know that there’s a right and a wrong way to get in and out of the car?
I know it seems kind of silly but if you’re like me and you’re a hurry, you probably do it this way. You just get in, you put one foot in, you kind of twist, you sit, and you lift the other leg in, right? You do it one leg at a time. Interestingly, if you’ve ever had back pain, you’ve probably found that hard to do. That’s because it is a hard thing to do!
There’s a lot of movement involved and that can strain different parts of your body. If you’re healthy maybe it’s not that big a deal. If we want to avoid problems or especially if you’re noticing some problems, we don’t want to aggravate things or set ourselves up to fail.
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A good thing to do when you’re getting in is to open the door and then sit first with both legs out the door. Then you can turn both legs in at the same time. This is much less stressful for your lower back, in those joints down there.
I know it seems a little bit silly, but sometimes when it comes to our health what may be the easiest way to do something, or the fastest, is not always the best for us. Sometimes the best way for us slows us down a bit or might even make us feel a bit silly, but the price is less to your health if you do it the right way. You can preserve your health this way.
Remember, when you’re going out to create those great experiences and you’re getting in and out of the car, make sure bum first, feet second and you’re good to go.
P.S. get out of the car in the opposite fashion…turn both feet out, bum on the seat, then stand on both feet. 😊 See the video by clicking here.
Hey everyone, it’s Dr. Dave! Hopefully you’re all doing well, taking care of each other, enjoying yourselves and creating those great experiences in your life.
One of the questions that people ask me sometimes, because we do a lot of work with posture, is what exercises can I do to kind of fix my posture or how can I improve my posture. Especially when it comes to this hump in the upper back. My first answer isn’t necessarily to explain the exercises. Rather, it’s to let them know that depending on how long and what’s going on and why it would appear that that posture has changed or there is a hump there, exercise may not be enough to try and correct that hump.
Whether it is or it isn’t, the exercises are still good for you. But there may be another cause or source and some other things playing into why the body has taken on those posture changes. That might be key… to address first, and that’s always with function. Function first, but now we want to support that of course with good fitness.
The top suggestion isn’t necessarily just an exercise but it’s awareness. If someone comes to the clinic and we give them exercises and we do some treatment and we unlock and release and we work on retraining this… that if they leave the clinic and they’re not doing their exercises, but the rest of the day they’re feeding into that by not being aware,… then all of it is an uphill battle. It’s going to be very difficult to influence and encourage your body to sit and move differently.
The number one step dealing with that posture change is your awareness. Sitting tall, standing tall, catching yourself and one of the neat things that we tell people often is just to find a wall or flat surface where you can put your heels, your bum, your shoulder blades and your head against the wall. Looking straight ahead, you just translate that head back two or three seconds and then you step away and go about your business.
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Do this multiple times throughout the day, very briefly. Just remind that position and by creating that awareness and some reminders like that, you can help work on ensuring not only maybe some encouragement for that posture to get better, but definitely not playing into allowing it to get worse. Sometimes, slowing and stopping is the best process of improving and recovering some of that posture.
Another good thing to do is all kinds of upper back exercises. If you have access to resistance bands, or if you go to the gym, some of the common exercises that will work are like a seated row or a pull back with a resistance band, either one or both to really work on those shoulders and bringing those shoulder blades back. Then any kinds of pull downs straight down, some kind of pull downs in front, you can even do like reverse flies.
Anything that works those superficial back muscles will help with that posture. Be cautious… it’s going to help with the upper part of the back and in the shoulders but sometimes the neck still gets left out. The specific neck exercises can be done, either with a mold using gravity and/or with a resistance band.
Because we’re dealing with the neck and in each individual case, the cause or source of those posture changes might be different, it’s a good idea to get that advice specifically from chiropractor, personal trainer perhaps and maybe some other kind of allied health professional. Find anyone who has some knowledge or experience in that respect.
Those are the key things; some awareness, catching yourself during the day, reminding yourself, and then hooking up with a healthcare provider to make sure that any exercises that are given, other than the ones that you might be doing in the gym anyway, that could help with posture are specific to you. Doing this, you are going to get you the results that you’re looking for.
I hope that was helpful. If you have any questions you can always reach out to us through our website, come like us on Facebook, follow us. We put out some good posts now and then. We’d love to see you there or drop by the clinic anytime, you’re always welcome… the door is open to help you create those great experiences in your life. Until next time, take care.