Are you a commuter, or do you spend a lot of time in the car for work or shuttling the kids around? Do you think driving may be contributing to back or neck pain? Your seat position could be partially to blame! Many of us have good intentions to maintain an upright position and posture, but our “hard-drive” has been programmed to default into “the slouch”.
Try this trick to create some postural self-awareness in the car: Scooch all the way back in your seat, and adjust the backrest as close to 90 degrees as possible. To lengthen your spine, press your breast-bone up toward the windshield while pulling your pits toward your hips. Now tilt your chin up and bring your ears back over your shoulders (occipital lift). You can exaggerate both of these movements and then dial it back so it’s sustainable. This is your ready-state and if you practice it frequently and regularly it will become your default position. Here’s the magic, maintain this position and set all of the mirrors in your vehicle, and most importantly don’t change them. As you return to “the slouch” your ability to see through your mirrors will decline and this will serve as your external cue to continue to re-program your “hard-drive”.
Posture is all about awareness. Just like learning a new language or playing the piano, success depends on frequency and consistency. So practice, practice, practice, practice, and before you know it you will have a new default, a new ready-state. We want you to use your body as your vehicle in life, to get as much out of it as possible, graciously and free from pain. If you need help with your posture or have other nagging or challenging neuromusculoskeletal problems, including back or neck pain, come see the team at Precision Osteopractic for a screening or consultation. We have the skills, experience, and expertise to reduce your pain and optimize your performance. We are the experts in trigger point dry needling, spinal & extremity manipulation, Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, therapeutic cupping, corrective exercise prescription and more. Don’t wait until you’re broken.
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All the best in good health,
Dr. Greg & Dr. John