Three Variations of Thoracic Extension

Improve upper body posture with thoracic extension exercises. The thoracic spine is the medical name for the midback. Combat slouching and upper cross syndrome by strengthening the thoracic paraspinal muscles. A strong thoracic spine is vital to proper upper body posture, neck health and shoulder function.

Isometric Prone Thoracic Extension

Isometric exercise.

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Three Manual Neck Strengthening Exercises

Build a strong neck with these three manual exercises that do not require equipment. Strengthen the deep cervical flexors, trapezius, levator scapula, scalenes and sternocleidomastoids. Neck strength is important in all sports, in blue collar and white collar occupations and activities of daily living. The neck is named the cervical spine in medical terminology. Possessing … Read the rest

Four Exercises for Upper Body Posture

Strengthen the upper back muscles, the posterior neck muscles and the muscles that retract the scapulae to improve your upper body posture. The upper back muscles that straighten the spine are the thoracic paraspinals. The muscles that retract the scapula are the rhomboid major, rhomboid minor, middle trapezius and lower trapezius. The deep Read the rest

Back Training Basics

Develop a back training routine with basic exercises and perfect technique to build strength, stability and endurance. The powerful muscles of the back connect to the spine, hips and shoulder blades. They contract to extend the spine, rotate the spine, bend the spine, retract the scapulae and pull the shoulders backwards.

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Improve your Posture

Train smarter and target specific muscle groups to correct common postural flaws. Posture is defined as the carriage of the body as a whole. Proper posture ensures good motion and displays physique symmetry and balance.

Two types of postural faults exist. Structural and functional. The origin of structural faults are skeletal. Examples includes: one femur … Read the rest

Preventing Computer Workstation Repetitive Strain Injuries

The human body is designed for motion. Sitting at a workstation in static positions performing repetitive motions is unhealthy. Sitting at a workstation in bad posture performing repetitive motions at a poorly fitted workstation is extremely unhealthy and leads to injury.

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Motions for the Computer Workstation

Motion is essential to preventing computer workstation injuries. Dynamic motions performed during regularly timed breaks decrease muscle tension, increase blood flow and help lessen the chance of injury.

Working long hours at the computer workstation is a way of life. Repetitive strain injuries from computer work are common. Motion exercises and proper ergonomics lower the … Read the rest

Computer Workstation Ergonomics

Correct workstation ergonomics helps lessen the possibility of acquiring a computer workstation-related injury.

Sitting at a computer workstation for hours is unhealthy and leads to Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI.) The human body is built for motion. Prolonged sitting, static positioning and repetitive motions increase the possibility of acquiring a painful and performance limiting condition.

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Pull-up Bar Hanging Traction

Traction your spine and stretch your muscles by hanging from a pull-up bar. This simple procedure helps build a healthier spine.

Pull-up bar hanging traction can be performed any time of the day. It is most effective in the cool down phase of your exercise session. Traction is extremely important for spine health after performing … Read the rest

Inverted Rows

Strengthen your midback, shoulders and arms with inverted rows.

Inverted rows, also known as supine pull-ups, are a body weight exercise that strengthens the muscles that pull the shoulder blades together. Much like vertical chin-ups and pull-ups, inverted rows develop back, shoulder, upper arm and forearm strength. The horizontal body position utilized in … Read the rest