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  1. Hi Thabo,

    I am always learning healthy tips and valuable information from you.

    In the last couple of years, I am finding myself bending forward more and more doing my tasks. Especially so when working with a laptop and washing the dishes. These two are the most noticeable. I am sure there are others which I am not aware of. Lately, my daughter has even told me, “mom, sit up straight” over the dinner table. Really?! I am beginning to get very concerned about my condition. Not too sure if this is what you called rounded shoulders but I am very mindful nowadays in correcting my body posture making sure it is aligned properly. At least, as much as I can.

    Thanks for your useful information.

    Sharon

  2. Wow! Thank you for a very helpful article about rounded shoulders! And thank you for all the explanation with pictures to help me understand all the technical terms about our body. As someone who is not scientifically inclined, it is very very very helpful.

    I like how you show us what rounded shoulders would look like. And how we should actually look like with the right posture. I am going to check my posture now.

    And should I need it, I will do those exercises, too. Oh, one question – if I do not have rounded shoulders, would it be all right to do the exercises anyway?

    • Hi Tim,
      These are preventive measures , to the extent possible, stop rounded shoulders. Thus, I would say they would benefit anyone who wants to know how to fix rounded shoulders or prevent it. That said, the best way to ensure that you give yourself the best chance of not having rounded shoulders is to pay attention to your posture and understand the nature of muscle imbalance. This means, for example, not wearing shoulder bags. Shoulder bags in time overwork one set of muscles and in the process weaken the other because your weight is not evenly distributed. You should also never continue with any exercise that leaves you in pain. Everyone’s body is different. You can always substitute one exercise for another. The important thing is to keep good posture, a strong core, and avoid muscle imbalance. If you do those things you’ll avoid most conditions or problems related to posture deviations such as rounded shoulders. I hope this helps.

  3. Allison

    So I have in my opinion very rounded shoulders, and have since a few weeks ago tried to do something about it. However, with the Coronavirus locking down my gym, I haven’t been able to get equipment that I needed like foam rollers. But there’s always online stores and I guess they can use some business right now. Any way, information on how to fix rounded shoulders is very handy. Thanks for that, and stay safe.

  4. David

    I have a friend who used archery to manage his rounded shoulder problem. He was also desk bound at work. So archery seems to have solved both problems. According to my friend he used to have a lot of issues with pain in shoulder from them being to far forward due to all the time spend at desk but it got better and better almost instantly when he started shooting his bows regular. Just thought I would pass on the tip.

  5. Jeannine

    Thanks for this very informative article. I have heard that improper breathing can lead to rounded shoulders. Can you explain to me how this would work?

    • Hi Jeannine,

      Thanks for the question. For most of us, not breathing properly won’t lead to rounded shoulders. That said, good breathing techniques can are very helpful in teaching our bodies to lessen stress, anxiety, and anger. So, practices such as meditation and Yoga are very beneficial to overall health because they help you have better control of your breathing. That said, let me answer your question as to how improper breathing can lead to rounded shoulders.

      Here is what can happen. When you have poor posture, there’s a very high chance that your diaphragm isn’t functioning properly. This can occur because when you sit excessively, gravity + the constant compression of your thorax leads to a flattened diaphragm.
      And when you diaphragm (primary muscle for respiration) isn’t working properly, it begins to recruit the secondary muscles (back up/emergency muscles) which are your pec minor, pec major, scalenes, levator scapula, SCM, and traps.
      When these muscles keep getting recruited, they become hypertonic or overactive which leads to kyphosis, rounded shoulders, and forward head. All these conditions are covered on this website. Just take your time, we have plenty of it now that most of us are home, and go over the blog posts again. You should have a good idea afterward of how breathing is related to bad posture. The bottom line is to have a good awareness of your posture. I hope this helps.

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