Lack of good posture is said to be the leading cause of back pain. If you suffer from back pain, maintaining a good posture may be a difficult task to master at first but there are many ways in which you can improve it. Conversely, those wishing to adopt a healthy lifestyle for the general well being of their family and want to ensure that their children are maintaining a proper posture may wish to learn more about good posture. The WTO and medical professionals alike support regular exercise as a means of combating bad posture and preventing back pains. This article is not written by or checked for accuracy by a medical doctor. Please consult with your physician for treatment options.
The following are exercises that you can do from the comfort of your home which may help avoid back pain or relief pain for back pain sufferers:
Sit-ups – Although sits-ups are mainly intended for abdominal muscles, having strong abdominal muscles will help you improve back posture as strong abdominal muscles will help support the back.
Imaginary swimming exercises- Apart from being a fun game to play with your kids, this fictitious swimming exercise is easy to do and will strengthen your posture. Lie down on the floor with your face towards the floor and back towards the ceiling and simply swing the hands and legs up and down just like when you swim in a pool. If you are doing this exercise well, you should feel the lower back bone structure moving, a good sign that the exercise is helping to align the back.
Flying back posture exercise- Still lying on the floor put your hands beside you, palms facing upwards. Gently lift the upper body and push your arms upwards for a number of times. This exercise uses the major muscles of the back.
Open wing exercise- Lie on the floor facing downwards. Stretch out your arms beyond your head. Similar to the flying back posture, lift your upper body but at the same time lift your arms straight. Then bend elbows and push them close together over your neck. If you are doing the exercise correct you will feel a squeeze on your shoulder blades. Hold for three seconds. Slowly release going back to original position.
For these exercises you will need a mat or other comfortable surface that protects your body from the hard floor and balance. This means you will need to work opposite muscles on the same day, that is the back and chest muscles.
This article is not written by or checked for accuracy by a medical doctor. Please consult with your physician for treatment options.