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  1. Lawrence

    Wow – what a fantastic post.
    I know my posture it awful – mostly slouching from sitting in front of a computer all day.
    I’m not so sure about swayback though – have to check that.
    About a year ago I had an osteopath look at, and show, me a computer version of my posture. He had an incredible software program that showed everything wrong with me. And there was a LOT wrong. Besides posture my one foot points to the side, my hips aren’t aligned, my head (front view) is squiff!!
    So much going on from a long history which has culminated in psoriatic arthritis.
    I’m not even sure it can be reversed at my age (65 soon) but will make more of an effort to “sit up straight”.
    I also changed my diet/lifestyle nearly 4 years ago and now eat Whole Food Plant Based with No Oil. That has certainly helped with inflammation and energy levels.
    I have bookmarked your page and will try some of these stretches.
    Many thanks for an insightful and interesting post.
    Lawrence Bredenkamp

    • Thanks so much for your kind comments, Lawrence. I also appreciate you sharing your your experiences as it provides greater insight into our discussion and that can only help other readers who are in a similar situation and looking for answers. If you haven’t heard of Sway back it most likely means you don’t have it, and that’s a good thing. However, Sway back is a posture deviation that is becoming more common and that’s why I’m writing about it. Thanks for checking in.

  2. Thank you so much for this article filled with very helpful and useful information! Posture is very important. I know that but very often forget about it due to lack of awareness. Your post helps me to remember to be mindful of this.

    And I love the videos!!! Thank you!!!

    The videos really help. By seeing what exercises to do, I can make sure I will do them and do them right. I have an exercise ball, and the exercise ball pull-in video will help me learn how to do that exercise correctly.

    And I have a yoga mat. The cocoon, crossover stretch and scissor kicks will definitely be part of my exercise routine from now on. I love stretches and the crossover stretch may be my favorite. It looks like it can loosen any stiff hips and waist. And I always feel good when this area is stretched and relaxed.

    Once again, thank you very much!

    • Hi Tim,
      Thanks for the helpful feedback. I thought the videos were needed but worried that too many may clutter the page. In fact, in the first draft I took some out. However, after sleeping on it for a couple of days I came back to the post with fresh eyes and realized that all the videos needed to be included. I’m so happy that you found them useful.

  3. Hello Thabo!
    Wow what an incredibly informative post!
    I am going to come back and watch those videos.
    I know as someone who works online I sit far too much. And I know I am not sitting correctly.
    Do you have any suggestions for those of us who sit at a computer all day?
    And I had no idea that our posture could impact our heart health!
    A really important post to read for sure!
    In peace and gratitude, ariel

    • Hi Ariel, so nice to hear from you. I’m glad you liked the post. I have developed a quiz that can quickly test your posture awareness. That might be a good place to start. Here is the link:
      https://healthybacksupport.com/how-good-is-your-posture-awareness-this-quiz-will-tell-you

      That said, here are some suggestions:
      1) Pick a Great Chair.
      You probably spend more than a third of your existence at a desk chair. So make sure you chose a chair that is not destroying your spine. This doesn’t mean you should spend a lot of money. You simply need a chair that you can adjust so it keeps your feet comfortable on the floor. a solid cushion to sit on, and good lower back support.

      2) Set your monitor and laptop properly. Make sure that you’re not straining your neck and that the monitor is at eye level.

      3) Don’t sit in the same position upon hours at a time. Take a break every twenty minutes.

      Those are some of the suggestions. I hope this helps. Thanks for checking in.

      Thabo

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