Saturday, June 4, 2011
Poor Posture? Muscles Tense?
Do you have a headache or neck when you stay at your computer? Have you noticed that your shoulders were startning to swell? Do you find that your trapezius (located on the upper shoulder) is tighter than ever?
If so, you're one of thousands who lack strength in the upper or middle back. Believe it if you want, but some stretching and strengthening exercises help you!
Day after day, computer users are practically glued to their screens, office workers sit for hours on end, and nobody seems to notice his bad posture. If we neglect certain muscles, our bodies change shape eventually.
When we Vouton for long periods, the following problems may emerge:
* Posterior deltoids (the muscles of the outer shoulder) rounded,
* The lats (the muscles in a V-shape extending from the armpit to the back
cover) stiffen and start to swell, a bit like Quasimodo, the famous Hunchback
of Notre Dame's novel Victor Hugo (on second thought, maybe not quite)
* Lower back causes stiffness and aches that start to cause you discomfort.
* Legs stiffen and numb, and so on ...
Thanks to some physical exercises and proper stretching, you can reduce the tension experienced by your back and strengthen it for everyday activities. Start by targeting two of the largest muscles of the body, the latissimus dorsi.
Exercise: pulling on a rope to exercise the latissimus dorsi muscle (on a machine back)
Muscles: the lats, teres major, posterior deltoid, the rhomboids, the middle and lower trapezius, levator scapula and the group of biceps.