Transcript for How to fix ‘pandemic posture’
questions @drjashton. Our next guest suggests that working from home for the past year combined with less activity and more slouching can cause what he calls pandemic posture, potentially resulting in premature aging. He's here to show us easy ways to correct poor posture so we can all age gracefully. Please welcome spinal and orthopedic surgeon. Let's talk about the effects of bad posture ad yes, including premature aging. Thanks for having me. The biggest thing I've noticed with patients coming in. A lot no longer have the perfect setup they had at work. A lot of people have desk that are ergonomic and chairs they specifically picked out. Now at home and working at kitchen tables things aren't quite ideal. There's a lot more slouching and by slouching forward you are putting more pressure on disks. You have to be very aware of your body positions and have good postral awareness. What are the fixes then? We have to start with a strong core. Absolutely. Now, one of the biggest advantages we have now that we're home is we can be a little more deliberate with what we do. What I say is have a plan for your day, maybe have it on a spreadsheet or a little form, you write out what you want to do, that's number 1. Number 2 is have exercises that specifically target your core. Begin with stretching. Get on the ground, stretch, the hamstrings, stretch the hip flexors. Begin with stretching. The next thing is use devices that can help with the stretching. A new device I love called the chirp wheel that helps to hyperextend the back. Gets the back in a good position which is very helpful. Core strengthening exercises. Leg raises and planks. Dr. O, we're strengthening the core. Next, we have to correct rounding shoulders, how do we do that? Picture the older person, kind of stooped over. They have that posture, so in order to get your shoulders in better position, chest out, you can use a door. Lean against a door and just try try to open up your shoulders. Open up your chest and use the pressure of the door against your chest to open things up. You can also use one of those big medicine balls and just hyperextend your back. I love hyperextension because it opens things up and gets you looser. Robach here has great posture. We talk about it all the time. I have a tendency to slouch. Quick question, men and women, do one or the other usually see with better posture? Actually women have better posture. Women are more disciplined than men. Unfortunately -- Dr. O, you can come back any time. You just have to be aware. Guys sitting on the couch. Couch potatoes. Work your core. Come on back any time. Robach loves people that agree with her. Come on back. We'll see you again. Thank you guys.
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