How’s Your Back?
For most people, office work means sitting at a desk or at the computer for eight hours a day. That’s why a workday, for your back, always begins the same way. In the morning you are cheerful (of course, if you have already woke up), full of energy and sit correctly, maintaining proper posture and keeping your back straight. But as time goes by, your posture changes: the back starts to arch, body muscles relax and all your energy goes to trying to cure the discomfort in your back (settle back in the chair, stretch, stand up and walk around a bit, try different positions and so on). It helps for two or three minutes, but then your back resorts back to its arched position. But it’s worse for the spinal column! If you are busy with handwritten work, your body bends to the left or to the right, depending on the hand you write with. The result is a problem in the development of back muscles. Together these two things lead to a spinal curvature and in some cases scoliosis. So then the question is raised, what does one do? The answer is clear – don’t be lazy. Make sure you exercise, receive back massages and swim.
We suggest you take the following test to assess the flexibility of your spinal column and the symmetry in the development of the back muscles. Starting position: standing with legs together, arms to the side of the body, shoulders relaxed, belly muscles flexed, minimal arching of the torso, while looking straight forward (photo 1). From this position, first bend to the right (photo 2), then to the left (or vice versa). Make sure that you bend exactly to the side, not drifting forward or backward. It may be useful to lean against a wall – it gives you a precise execution of the exercise from a technical point of view.
The most common mistakes in this test are: tilting or turning the head, lifting the shoulders, slumping forward or locking the knees. The biggest error is bending to the side while partially leaning forward (photo 3). As an alternative, you could do the test sitting down, using the same technique (photo 4).
If you bend to the left and to the right to the same level, it speaks of the symmetry in the development of your muscles. If you bend to the knee-level and lower, you are in the perfect form! And according to this test, if your results change after performing the test, you should get busy exercising and getting in shape.
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