Improve Posture and Reduce Back Pain With Rapid Breathing Exercise

A researcher who has studied the posture of people who have little or no back pain suggests several exercises to help us achieve this pain-free life. One involves a simple breathing exercise, the other asks us to squeeze our buttocks.

Esther Gokhale found that villagers in Ecuador, Portugal and West Africa, the spikes were different form than the Americans : J-shaped rather than S-shaped. She was able to get rid of her clients’ back pain and back pain by working to shape her spine into a J-shape.

At NPR, she shares some exercises to improve posture and reduce back pain. The breathing exercise is the simplest, and you will probably notice the difference right away:

Lengthen the spine: Increasing the length of the spine is easy, Gokhale says. Trying not to arch your back, take a deep breath and grow. Then maintain this height as you exhale. Repeat: inhale, rise even higher, and maintain this new height as you exhale. “It takes some effort, but it really strengthens the abdominal muscles,” says Gokhale.

Another strategy is to contract your glutes (or gluteus muscles, especially the gluteus medius, which is high above your glute) while walking, as these muscles support your lower back. As a bonus, you can also get a prettier butt.

Read NPR’s article to learn more about how to improve posture and get rid of back pain.

Loss of Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures Don’t Have Back Pain | NPR

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