11Apr, 2016

Neck Stretch

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Who should do this stretch? Anyone who feels like they slouch when they sit People who sit many hours in a day at a desk People with neck, shoulder or upper back pain People who get frequent headaches How to do this stretch: It’s simple! Just place your hand on top of you head and let the weight of your hand pull your neck to the side and front. There is no need to yank or try to pop it. For an extra stretch, reach the opposite hand toward the […]
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6Apr, 2016

Open Book

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Who should do this twisting stretch? Anyone who feels like they slouch when they sit People who sit many hours in a day at a desk People with neck, shoulder or upper back pain How to do this twisting stretch: Begin laying on your side with your pelvis facing straight and your arms in front of you. Your bottom leg should be straight and you can prop your bent top leg on a pillow or foam roller for comfort. Place your palms together then reach past your fingertips and into […]
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5Apr, 2016

Wall Angels

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Who should do this upper back exercise? Anyone who feels like they slouch when they sit People who sit many hours in a day at a desk People with neck, shoulder or upper back pain How to do this upper back exercise: Start with your feet 6 inches from the wall, knees can be bent. Lean your back against the wall so your whole spine and head are touching the wall. Reach your arms up like you are making a goal post shape and place your arms and back of […]
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28Mar, 2016

Fire Hydrant Exercise

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Who should do “Fire Hydrants”? Everyone- It is important to build back and glute muscles as much as core muscles People with low back pain People who sit all day Athletes looking to build strength and stability How to do “Fire Hydrant” Glute Exercise Begin on all fours. Brace your abdominals by squeezing them tightly. Maintain this braced feeling throughout the exercise. Lift one leg up to the side, keeping the knee bent to 90 degrees. The thigh should stay even with your hip, not up toward the head or […]
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21Mar, 2016

Glute Pulse

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Who should do Glute Pulses? Everyone- It is important to build back and glute muscles as much as core muscles People with low back pain People who sit all day Athletes looking to switch up their routine How to do Glute Pulses Begin on all fours. Brace your abdominals by squeezing them tightly. Maintain this braced feeling throughout the exercise. Lift one leg keeping the knee bent to 90 degrees. Do not let your low back sink down. Lift the leg past the point where it is even with the […]
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14Mar, 2016

Reverse Plank

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Who should do Reverse Plank? Everyone- It is important to build back and glute muscles as much as core muscles People with low back pain People who sit all day Athletes looking to switch up their routine How to do Reverse Plank Begin seated with legs out in front of you. Place your arms at your side with fingers facing towards feet or slightly outward. Squeeze your abdominals and raise your pelvis into the air until you make a straight line with your body. Keep head in line with body, […]
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15Feb, 2016

Best Upper Back Stretch for Posture

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Who should do this upper back stretch? Anyone who feels like they slouch when they sit People who sit many hours in a day at a desk People with neck, shoulder or upper back pain How to do this upper back stretch: You will need an exercise ball or surface about as high as a chair or couch for this upper back stretch. Begin on your knees with your buttock sitting back on your heels.  Place your hands on the ball or couch and bend your torso toward your thighs. […]
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9Feb, 2016

Bird Dog

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Who should do Bird Dog? The best thing about the bird dog exercise is that it is safe for everyone! It builds a strong core to support your spine while keeping your low back stable and safe. It can also tell you a lot about where you are weak. For example, if lifting an arm is harder your upper back maybe need more work. If lifting a leg is harder, your lower back needs work. If you fall to the side when you try to lift both, your glutes will […]
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8Feb, 2016

Low Back Pain Exercises Everyone Should be Doing

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Low back pain affects at least 80% of people at some point in their lives. It is considered a leading cause of disability by the World Health Organization. It is usually recurrent and the cause can be difficult to diagnose. WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR YOUR LOW BACK PAIN? These stretches are safe for everyone. If you have low back pain or want to prevent yourself from getting low back pain, you can start with some simple exercises and stretches that work on the muscles associated with keeping your pelvis […]
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