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Stop a Major Cause of Shoulder Injuries

By | January 6th, 2014|Healthy Posture, Shoulders, Yoga|

One major cause of shoulder injuries has to do with the alignment of your spine.  Last month I gave you an exercise to help heal shoulder problems. This month we'll look at how the spine affects the health of your shoulder joints. The 3 Curve Model The spine has 3 curves normally - a lordosis in the lumbar (or lower) spine, a kyphosis in the thoracic spine (or mid to upper), and a lordosis in the cervical spine (neck). Lordosis means a backbend, kyphosis means a forward bend. Most people in industrialized countries have much more rounded spines than we [...]

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How to Sit on Couches/Sofas without Pain

By | September 18th, 2013|Back Pain, Furniture, Healthy Posture, Sitting, Sitting Posture|

Do you find yourself complaining about how uncomfortable furniture is? Do you squirm a lot, constantly shifting your posture to get comfortable?  This is really common.  There are 2 big challenges these days to getting comfortable when sitting: 1) Our modern misaligned posture and 2) Our modern unhealthy chairs.  How can you deal with these challenges? To deal with the first issue of misaligned posture, I’ll refer you to previous articles on my blog.  Try searching under the “sitting” category.  You can find a link to my YouTube video on Pain-Free Sitting as well as an article on “10 Tips [...]

Straighten Your Upper Spine

By | August 9th, 2013|Back Pain, Healthy Posture|

One of the first things people want to do after their back pain starts to go away (after getting back to activities like dancing, running, hiking, etc.), is to straighten their curvy upper backs.  In industrialized cultures like the US, our misaligned posture leads to back and joint pain as well as loss of height. Have you noticed that you’ve gotten shorter over the years? It’s pretty common! Since modern posture is not aligned with gravity, it leads us to collapse and get curvier as we age. You can stop the cause of this curviness by changing your posture. (See [...]

Who’s More Misaligned? (Part 2)

By | July 9th, 2013|Fashion, Healthy Posture, Standing|

I had some fun the other day when I walked through the mall.  I’ve been meaning to do this for months now. I was curious to see what the mannequins in store windows looked like. Were they still as misaligned as ever? I got quite a few photos, which confirmed that yes, they still are really misaligned. Here are a few photos I took that day.  Who is more misaligned? Which of these mannequins has the best alignment? Which has the worst alignment? I’d love to hear your responses. You can submit your guess by commenting on this post.  The [...]

Who’s More Misaligned? (Part 1)

By | June 7th, 2013|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Sitting, Sitting Posture, Standing|

You may wonder why Americans have such poor posture. This started back in the early 1900’s, probably with the “Flappers”, but unfortunately the trend has continued unabated since then. People have speculated why this change took place. Some say it was a rebellion against the rigidity of the Victorian age. Others say it had to do with Americans wanting to be “modern” and look “relaxed.” There may have been many causes of this phenomenon, but certainly the cost to our society in terms of back pain is huge – billions of dollars are spent on dealing with back pain each [...]

Save Your Spine! Interview with Jean Couch

By | May 3rd, 2013|Aging, Back Pain, Bending, Body Awareness, Breathing, Exercise, Healthy Posture, Sitting Posture|

This is an interview that I did recently with Jean Couch, author of The Runner's Yoga Book,  and the owner of the Balance Center, where I did my training in the Balance Posture Method.  Check out what Jean has to say about keeping your spine healthy so that you can look and feel your best. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DD: What do you think people today most need to know about reducing back pain? JC: The anatomical knowledge that is desperately needed in the US today is to know the difference between your waist and your hip sockets!  People have no idea that [...]

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The Value of Body Awareness

By | March 25th, 2013|Driving, Healthy Posture, Sitting Posture, Yoga|

Are You Aware of Your Body? Going within and feeling inner sensations is an important part of improving posture and relieving pain.  If you don’t know what you’re feeling (or don't have body awareness), it’s hard to reduce your pain or improve your posture. This can also be a meditative process. Focusing on body sensations is not only a way to get current on the state of your body and its well-being, but is also a great way to quiet your mind. The body is always in the present, so when you focus on it, it can take your mind [...]

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5-minute Body Scan audio file

By | March 25th, 2013|Body Awareness, Healthy Posture|

Check out this recording to sense how your body is feeling, giving you important feedback for relaxing and improving your posture: FCC-BodyScan-7124321500-497541-2 (c) 2013 Dana K. Davis All rights reserved.

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