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Using a Foam Roller to Improve Your Posture

- Thursday, February 01, 2024
Ishitani Health Center - Forward Head Posture

Does your posture look like this from looking at your phone or having an office job where you constantly have to look down? Forward head posture and increased rounding of your mid-back are common modern-day problems. Before it becomes a serious issue, there are steps you can take to reverse your bad posture, and one way is to foam roll. Foam rolling your mid-back region is a great way to improve your posture. As you can see in the video, there are different ways to foam roll.

The first way is to place the foam roll in different regions of your mid-back, then extend your spine backwards and hold for 30-60 seconds. Make sure to support your neck with your hands and keep your hips on the floor!

The second way is to use your legs to move the foam roller along your mid-back region, as shown in the video. This is a good way to alleviate muscle tension along your spine.

The third way is to place the foam roller parallel to your spine and do snow-angel or overhead movements, as shown in the video. Make sure your head is supported on the foam roller! This helps to improve overhead movements and your posture.

Foam rolling daily for five to ten minutes at the end of the day is a great way to give your body a break and alleviate all the tension you've built up from bad posture throughout the day!