Winterville, GA - 706-742-0082
There are few things that can make a Mama Physical Therapist cringe more than to see her 6'1 ft son walk around all hunched over with rounded shoulders! Be proud of that height, Eli! The only thing I said to him to correct his posture from picture 1 to picture 2 is, "Pretend you have a string on the top of your head and it's being pulled to the ceiling." Then all of a sudden, he's stacked from head to shoulders to hips to feet.
So besides just looking more confident and sure of himself, what's the other benefit to good posture? When our shoulders are stacked over our hips, it allows for a more natural belly breath or diaphragmatic breath. As we inhale, the diaphragm lowers which pushes the organs down and, in turn, the pelvic floor muscles stretch down. On the exhale, the pelvic floor muscles gently "rebound" up which also engages our transverse abdominis and the multifidus to provide stability and strength. So what?? That means during our workouts, jumping rope, trying to get a PR, lifting our baby out of their crib, lifting a load of laundry...we should move, lift, squat, transition from sit to stand on the exhale! By moving on the exhale, we are setting our bodies up for strength and stability just through the breath. Try it out!
Dr. Tess Vaughn
I work with men and women who want to continue to run, CrossFit, exercise and stay active with success and confidence and without limitations or fear of making things worse. Our bodies are made to MOVE and I want you to keep moving!
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