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Webinar Notes

Last night I attended a webinar at The World Massage Conference on kyphosis. It was presented by Katy Bowman, who is world-renowned for her expertise on the topic of postural realignment.

I was told about the webinar by our Pilates instructor –Carol Robbins, as she is a Restorative Exercise Specialist. Carol recently completed her certification in this field and adds specific exercises to her Pilates program, to always keep it interesting.

THINGS I’VE LEARNED

  • I’m learning how to walk again, using long-neglected muscles as I stretch my calves.
  • Shoes are a detriment to posture, as the body alignment gets shifted.
  • Shoes with a negative heel are preferable, but difficult to find.
  • Improper footwear can lead to back pain.
  • Walking barefoot helps relax your feet while you reclaim your posture.

THINGS I SHOULDN’T DO

  • Assume that chronic pain is natural.
  • Ignore it and hope it goes away.

WHAT I CAN DO

  • Stretch, Stretch, Stretch.
  • Walk, stand, and move your muscles.
  • Take a Pilates alignment class.
  • See a Restorative Exercise Specialist, who can help you realign your body.

See your doctor if the pain persists or doesn’t go away within a day or two.
See your therapist if treatment is recommended.