Do you get tired or sore from sitting all day at computer? Driving prolonged? Learn how to breathe better and improve postural endurance and less neck pain and back pain for good!
Hi this is Dana Ranahan from Body Works Sports Physiotherapy and I’m here today to talk a little bit about posture and I don’t know if some of you at work during the day you find that you get quite tired. Trying to hold your posture is hard and so we have posture breaks and different tips and tricks that we get people and patients to try to help alleviate some of their pain and soreness. One of the other things that I’ve read on the weekend, some recent research that indicates that posture and ability to hold yourself up right is actually an aerobic activity which means that it needs a lot of oxygen. So that means that breathing is really important in the day. So a reminder to everyone today, to take a nice deep breath and when you’re breathing, how you breathe is important. So if you’re breathing in your upper chest and you breathe in, you get this lift of your chest and almost like all the ribs lift up towards the ceiling and a lot of times we’re all guilty of breathing in our upper chest. So one of the ways to breathe more efficiently that requires less energy is to breathe into your lower rib cage, in your diaphragm. The diaphragm is kind of like a dome, down here in the lower part of the lungs and when we breathe in with our diaphragm if kind of pushes down a little bit into our belly and gives us a little bit of a lateral opening to the rib cage. So one of the things I want you to try at home is working on and at work is working on some breathe where you can get some expansion though the lower ribs and breathing out and letting your chest sort of soften. That will take away some of the tension and the lifting in your ribs when you breathe and try to get a little more opening through here. So hopefully that helps you not to get so tired in the day. The other thing you can do is get out there and get your aerobic system going by doing some cardiovascular work, some fitness work and that will also help to build some endurance in your muscles. For more information check out our website at www.body-works.ca or give us a call at 604-983-6616. Have a great day.