Ergonomics:

*These ergonomic practices have helped me immensely. Check with your health care provider to see if these would be beneficial for your body.


  1. Neutral body posture: I work with clients to find and maintain neutral posture. (Use this as a reference but not to rigidly maintain 24/7.)

        The goal: One line - ear to ankle

        1) Ear inline with shoulder.

        2) Shoulder inline with hip.

        3) Hip inline with knee.

        4) Knee inline with ankle.


  1. Sleeping: 1/3rd of our life is spent sleeping! Here’s ways to support your body during rest so that you wake up rested, refreshed and relaxed.

oBack sleeping: Great position but can cause low-back pain.
Try placing a pillow under the knees and support the natural curve of the spine.

oSide sleeping: If back sleeping doesn’t work due to back pain or snoring, side-sleeping can be just as rejuvenative if done correctly.

       1) Neck should be as straight as possible
while maintaining comfort. Make sure head is elevated enough to maintain neutral spine.

       2) Try getting your lower shoulder underneath you and your upper arm resting along the side of your body. Hugging a pillow for a few weeks can help your body transition to this position. This minimizes the inward crushing of the chest wall. However, when the lower shoulder is further underneath your body, your neck will need to be elevated (larger pillow) to maintain a neutral spine.

       3) Legs can be slightly bent with a small pillow in-between the knees. This keeps the hips stacked and prevents a torque in the pelvis.

oStomach sleeping: Relaxing on your stomach is okay but sleeping in this position for long periods creates a significant amount of torque and compression on your cervical spine.


  1. Sitting: It’s the worst. Transition to mostly standing if you have to be at a desk all day. Veridesk has very affordable sit-stand solutions. Regardless of position, try to walk or move around every 45 minutes.

1) Head: Keep your ear over your shoulders.

2) Shoulders: Down and back. Practice external rotation to keep them from rolling inward.

3) Arms: Elbow at 90 degrees, keep arms close to the body. Do not extend for repetitive movements.

4) Wrists: Keep neutral and inline with arm while typing or mousing. Wrist rests are invaluable but better yet is a Workrite Banana Board.

5) Spine: Ribcage neutral, low-back braced by your core.

6) Pelvis: Sitting on sitz bones, maintain a neutral position.

7) Thighs: Horizontal

8) Feet: Flat on the floor



  1. Phone Use: We don’t like to admit it, but it takes up more of our lives than we’d like. Try to keep your neck in a neutral position with arms externally rotated and a neutral wrist.




Maintenance:

*These are tools that I use to maintain my physical health. Check with your health care provider to make sure they are appropriate for your condition.


Tools:

I empower clients to continue the work at home. I work on myself / move daily and you can too.

  1.     Ball Work:

                oTennis Balls: A good intermediary as your tissues get used to deep work.

                oYoga Tune-Up Therapy Balls: I use these for working close to bone. They provide more pressure than a tennis
ball but have more give than lacrosse balls

                oLacrosse Balls: The best for deep tissue work but can be a little intense for beginners. They can be found at any sports equipment store for $4-$5/ea.  Can also be found on Amazon for twice as much.

                oAlpha Ball: My go-to for abdominal work.

                oSuperNova: A larger ball to get into hamstrings, pecs or shoulders.

•Foam Roller: Start soft and work your way up.

  1.     Gemini: The best tool to target the spine.

  2.     The Twin Block Pro is my go-to for neck work. The rest of the Massage Blocks product line is helpful as well.

  3.     The Stick: Great for the legs, especially if you travel.

  4.    The Backnobber II gets into the top of the shoulders really well. Theracane is another good one.

Voodoo Flossing: One of my favorites for stiff and recovering joints. Rouge Fitness has a few options but start here first.

  1.     Arm Aid: God’s gift to our upper limbs

  2.     Balance Board: A lovely tool to improve stability and balance

•Yoga Ball / Stability Ball: Important for stability and core work. You probably have one in the garage that you never use.


Maintenance Books:

Becoming a Supple Leopard - Kelly Starrett

The Roll Model – Jill Miller


 
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