Arif often gets asked by patients how they can improve their posture. He has made a short video, ably assisted by Susan, to demonstrate a very simple exercise you can do at work, at home or anywhere you like which will help you straighten up and improve your posture. Do this exercise 3 times a day and you’ll soon be on the way to a straighter taller you.
If you have a therapy band then use this to do this exercise or you can use an old pair of tights. However, don’t worry if you have neither, you can do it with just your arms, making sure you clench and squeeze the muscles between your shoulder blades whilst staying upright.
When doing the is exercise stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips apart – thinking of the shape of the Eiffel Tower will help.
Pull your chin into your Adams apple while still looking straight ahead.
Bend both elbows to 90 degrees. Keep your elbows tucked into your sides and gentle try and stretch your hands outwards to 90 degrees as far as you can and bring your hands slowly inwards.
Repeat about 5 times.
This exercise will help to strengthen your upper back and by keeping your chin into your chest it will strengthen the deep flexors in your neck.
If you want a straighter taller you then do this exercise 3 times a day and let us know how you get on.
Watch Susan demonstrate the exercise