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Clear Cut - July 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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behind desks. It was clear to me that the biggest issue for both groups was some- thing I work on constantly with medical professionals: posture. Poor posture can lead to a host of problems, far more than you may realize. It's progressive and it's sneaky. I've treated people who had chronic headaches — headaches that resembled migraines — that were caused by bad posture. How's your posture? Try standing against a wall and see what touches. It should be the back of your head, the tip of your shoulder blades and your behind. If you need to do better, start with a proud chest, what I call a rooster's chest. Then squeeze the wings (shoulder blades) in your back. Your shoulders should go back and downward, helping your chest rise and your chin return to a neutral position. Of course, if you've been slouching for years, it's going to be a tough habit to break. It helps to have someone remind you periodically, but you don't want a nagging mother telling you to stand up straight. So instead of attaching a negative connotation, ask a partner or co-worker to give you a thumbs-up every once in a while. It's a positive gesture that reminds you to stand up straight. And if you remind your partner to stand up straight, you remind yourself, too. 1 0 1 J U LY 2 0 1 5 | O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T Line Doucet, MBA Lateral balance Squat

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