Chest stretches and opening exercises are useful in improving the breathing pattern, correct muscle imbalance, and boost proper posture. Moreover, chest stretches also help relieve stress and help relax the body. Stretching exercises are usually pleasant if done correctly following expert guidelines. Lengthening a shortened or tightened muscle also relieves muscle tension and reduces pain.
Proper posture is very important. It’s been said that the “first impression is the last impression”. I know it may not be true 100% but your first impression plays a vital role in several things. The way you carry yourself carries around 70 % to 80% of weight in that first impression. So, I want to dedicate a series of articles on postural correction exercises. I am going to talk about upper body posture and exercises for neck, chest and upper back in this series. Neck exercises are important to reduce neck pain, tightness and to improve posture. In this era of computers and phones, many of us are constantly in front of a screen, which creates either forward head posture or computer neck. I want to dedicate this article to all the computer savvy readers whose neck is working overtime hours (with no bonus)!!
I talked about Knee arthritis in detail in my previous article. Today, I want to discuss important knee exercises. The aim of exercises for arthritis is mainly to ease the (knee) pain and increase muscle strength. If the muscles surrounding a joint are strong than your joints are protected and well cushioned. A person is less likely to put more force on a joint when he or she has strong muscles. This is not only true for knee arthritis but works similarly for pain, tendon or ligaments tear, any post and pre-operative surgery of a joint etc.. Exercise is your answer. Remember, there are thousands (not literally of course) different exercises you can do for knee and there are a million modifications (again no literally) can be made in positions, adding weight or not, making it more challenging vs not. The aim here is to discuss the most important exercises for the knee. These are kind of your MUST DO to achieve higher strength and reduce pain. So let’s start!! Continue reading “Seven Knee Exercises to Improve Strength”
Exercise is a common term used by people in the different spectrum. Some will say workout is the same as exercise. While this topic can be a very basic for PTs, it is not so basic for other healthcare professionals. I have been asked several times regarding the types of exercise. Specifically, what do they mean and what is the difference between each type. So, let’s talk about what exercise is, and the different types based on the level of assistance required.