Round Shoulders: Upper Back Posture

At birth certain aspects of our body shape are inherited, for example the structural shape of our shoulders and how they sit in relation to our back bone. As a result some people have square shoulders and others have sloping shoulders. In others the shoulders are held back in relation to the upper back or they droop forwards causing the chest to be contracted enhancing a rounded back.

However, effective training of back and shoulder muscles can successfully overcome “round shoulder” problems. To assist upper back posture:

  • Examine your working environment: If you sit at a computer or drive long distances look at your seating position and check that the body’s trunk is positioned in such a way that the shoulders do not naturally fall forward.
  • Undertake shoulder and chest exercises: Ensure the proper action of antagonistic muscle groups in the upper back and breast work efficiently.
  • Undertake core muscle exercises: Ensure that lower back and pectoral muscle groups work in a balanced manner.

In simple terms, upper body posture benefits from having a healthy trunk where muscle groups are frequently active and function in a balanced manner.

When muscle weaknesses are evident, POSTURAL AIDS?assist to help body posture. Support 4 Physio stock two such products which are comfortable and effective.

The Oppo: Clavicle Brace provides firm immobilisation, whilst the Oppo: Posture Aid/Clavicle Brace provides a range of immobilisation tensions as required by the user.

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