Genu recurvatum is a posture where the knees appear to bend backwards in standing. The recurvatum appearance is due to the knees being placed in a hyperextended position. The posture is easily identified when looking at a person from the side by the curved alignment of the legs. From the front, recurvatum standing posture can… Read More
Optimal posture is more than just standing up straight. The way you stand, sit, and move has a huge impact on the way you feel both physically and mentally.
Pillows are often marketed for their ability to support the head and neck, relieve pain, and align the spine. Do any of these claims sound familiar? Yep, pillows have now become orthotics for the neck. The claims coming from specialty pillow retailers and foot orthotic sellers are almost identical, and both are based on the… Read More
The trapezius is a large, triangular shaped muscle that covers the back of the neck, shoulders and thoracic spine. The muscle is usually described as having three sections: the upper, middle, and lower portions. Physical therapists often talk about an imbalance in the strength and activity of the different sections of the trapezius contributing to… Read More
The prone W is an exercise that gets used a lot in physical therapy to treat shoulder problems. I like the exercise because it works some of the under-used muscle in the shoulders and back that support good shoulder function. This is an excellent video demonstration of the movement. Two things to watch out for… Read More
The shape of a person’s spine may predict their risk for being admitted to a nursing home or needing assistance at home, according to a new study published in the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. Researchers in Japan followed 804 subjects, all 65 years or older, to see how posture… Read More
I watched a Tedx talk the other day on sitting posture. The speaker was Esther Gokhale who runs an institute offering workshops and programs to help people improve posture and overcome painful problems. The topic of this talk was primal sitting posture. I have come across Grokhale’s work several times although I am not entirely… Read More