OOPS! I missed this in my book!

How are you doing today? I hope that this day finds you well and ready to take on the world. I know that for me, I have my fair share of days that I am just not my best, and honestly do not feel ready to take on the world. When I had back pain that was a constant because just getting up and walking could be a challenge. If that is you, I feel your pain and frustration.

I am sure you know that I have published a book called “Free My Back – 7 Steps to Freedom from Chronic Back Pain”. It has recently been brought to my attention that I missed a big component of back pain in the book. It is one of those things that is so basic in my teachings, that I totally missed it. That component is posture.

I have actually been called the Posture Nazi, so I am surprised I had not thought to go into that topic with more depth. I did cover how to strengthen basic postural muscles, including the transversus abdominus, which is like the internal back brace of the body. Strengthening specific postural muscles will obviously improve posture and improve back pain. What I wanted to share with you today is why posture is important and a cool exercise you can do to increase your postural awareness.

Posture is important because when you stand straight, your body weight stacks on top of itself the way it is designed to do. This ideal posture takes little to no effort for your muscles to maintain. Keep in mind that your head has a weight similar to a bowling ball. It is easier to hold a bowling ball if you keep it close to your body, rather than holding it out in front of you with your arms outstretched, right? The same is true with your head. If you are all bent over, then your muscles have to work harder which causes fatigue and pain.

Honestly, you may not even realize that your posture is bent forward unless someone may have told you. A great indicator that you do need to work on posture is if your back gets achey after walking for a short time and you get relief by leaning back against somethign solid such as a wall, rail or pole.

A great way to increase your awareness of your posture, is to stand with your back against a wall. If you are able to stand completely straight with your heels, hips, shoulders and head against the wall then you have good posture. If not then you have some work to do.

Posture EducationTrust me, holding yourself against a wall is harder than it looks. Hold the position against the wall as best you can for 30-60 seconds for 3-5 reps in a row to strengthen your postural muscles and retrain your brain for the posture you want to have. You will likely feel alot tissues in the front of your body pulling and stretching and may even be an exhausting experience. It will improve with practice, so do not give up too soon. Try to do it every day for best results!

If you want more ideas on what you can do to manage your back pain, I am giving away the first four chapters in my book “Free My Back” in the Reinvent Yourself Today Giveaway. I am not the only one giving away some cool stuff! There are freebies for weight loss, getting your hormones under control and finding financial abundance. I love the financial abundance freebie. I have worked with Cindia personally and really appreciated her unique perspectives. If you want to check all this stuff out then register here and you will get access when it opens later this month.

I hope you enjoy and have an amazing day!!!

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About Lisa Marie Keller

Lisa Marie Keller wants to live in a world where it is commonplace to dance to the music of life. As a pain management specialist, she's been working as a Physical Therapist resolving the pain of her patients for a variety of conditions including but not limited to chronic back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, knee pain foot pain and even headaches for over thirteen years. Following seven years of traditional schooling and more years than she would like to remember at the School of Hard Knocks resolving her own pain and body dysfunctions she has become the Queen of Conquering Pain. When she’s not pondering on how to solve the next health dilemma, you can find her dancing around in her living room to music that is played much too loud, making snobby comments about amazing wine and fantasizing about where she is going to travel to next. Her first book — Free My Back — hit the Amazon Marketplace in August 2014. You can get a free e-book version of Free My Back by registering at www.freemyback.com
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2 Responses to OOPS! I missed this in my book!

  1. “Honestly, you may not even realize that your posture is bent forward unless someone may have told you.” – this was exactly what happened to me! I was aware that I didn`t have the “best posture in the world” but I didn`t really think it was that bad until a friend pointed out… then other friends started to point that out as well… And after I got over the initial shock, I decided to do something about it!

    • I had the same thing happen with me. As a therapist I have always been aware of my posture and when I started going to dance classes they kept harping on me to get my shoulders back. Then I noticed other people saying similar things to me and I started looking at pictures showing a semi profile and I could see my head was forward and my shoulders rounded forward as well. It is amazing how we can be completely unaware of this at the time. My posture is constantly a work in progress 🙂

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