Repetitive Strain Injuries-Be a Straight Up Great Dresser!

Be a Straight Up Great Dresser!

Imagine a model walking out onto the catwalk showing off the hottest designer evening gown.  Halfway onto the runway she lowers her chin, crosses her arms and allows her shoulders to relax and round forward.  Just before she slumps into a swayback posture her manager pulls the proverbial carpet from under her feet.  What happened here?  This model totally reduced the quality of the glitzy dress she was supposed to showcase to the audience.  Of course this is a far-fetched hypothetical scenario but you could imagine how damaging such poor posture would be to any dress coming down the runway.

Ask yourself how many times you wore an outstanding outfit but because of your rounded shoulders, drooping head, crossed arms or slouched back you repelled some amazing compliments from your friends, colleagues and cohorts.  To really become a fabulous dresser you must realize that it’s not what you are wearing but rather how you wear it.  Surely it really does matter what piece you are wearing but my point is that you can wear the best garment and model it poorly if you are not on your best postural behavior.

Here are a few tips on what you should be aware of as you parade down the sidewalk to show off your new attire.  Pull your shoulders back an inch or two, and your head backwards over the top of your shoulders also about a of couple inches.  I guarantee you that it will feel awkward doing this as you will be wondering how you will be perceived by others.  Before you throw in the towel just walk in front of a full length mirror and observe your body posture while you hold this new position.  You will be surprised how natural it looks.  Your friends, even strangers, will start to admire you in ways that you haven’t experienced before.   Comments about your appearance will start to flow freely from others.  It will not take long for your confidence to soar.  Other improvements you may start to notice could be in the neighborhood of higher energy, a prettier smile, better health, stronger relationships, greater and more numerous opportunities, and so on.  Standing tall will be one of the best favors you can do for yourself.

Of course it will take some real practice for some time for you to become totally comfortable with your new posture.  Eventually your stance will become second nature to you as it becomes a habit.  It may also help to do some exercises to strengthen the upper back muscles.  A simple exercise that can be done in the comfort of your home or office is known as shoulder retractions.  Basically all you have to do is tighten the rhomboid muscles (the muscles between your shoulder blades and spine) as tightly as you can and hold the contraction for 10-15 seconds.  Relax for about 10 seconds and repeat for a total of 5-10 repetitions.  If you do this exercise daily for several weeks you will start to naturally improve your body posture therefore making it that much easier as you strut down the proverbial runway of life modeling your glitz and glam.

© Robert J. Fenell, D.C.

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