If you have been to see one of our chiropractors at Ohana Chiropractic & Wellbeing, they have probably suggested you to be using a posture pole daily. They just will not stop talking about them!
But what actually is this posture pole and why do you need one in your life to support your health.
What is a posture pole?
The Posture Pole, or SD Posture Correction Device is used to assist correcting upper body posture, help reduce forward head posture and rounding of the shoulders.
A posture pole is essentially a long half foam roller that you lay on, lengthways down your spine with your head and pelvis on it. It is used to help stretch through the front of the body, particularly the chest and diaphragm.
Why do you need to use a posture?
Have you noticed yourself falling into a habit of bad posture, Head forward, rounded shoulders and hunched? This is becoming really common in our modern society where everything is forward. We sit at our desk and computers with our shoulders and and heads forward. We get in the car, head and arms forward. We sit on the couch hunched forward.
Not only is this obviously bad for posture, but it closes down our chest which stops us from being able take a big deep breath and our diaphragm from moving properly. When the diaphragm doesn’t move properly it effects the vagus nerve, which feeds back to the brain and tells it we can’t breath which fires up our stress response.
Forward head posture can contribute to a ‘wound-up’ state. This is known as Sympathetic Dominance. This may lead to symptoms such as;
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty losing weight
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to sound
Laying on the posture pole opes and stretches the chest which allows us to breath properly and helps switch us from a fight flight state (sympathetic nervous system/Sympathetic Dominance) to a rest and digest state (parasympathetic nervous system).
How do I use a posture pole?
- Position the pole somewhere you have space around it. Flat side down.
- Lay on top of the posture pole on your back, with your head at the top of the pole
- Ensure your tailbone on the pole and have your knees bent, feet flat on the ground and your palms up (see the video above for a demonstration).
- Easy – think of yourself as a clock and have your arms at 5 and 7 o’clock positions
- Harder – have your arms at 3 and 9 o’clock positions with elbows bent
Use your posture pole at least two times a day, building up from 2-3 minutes to 15 minutes, at a time.
Want to get your hands on your own posture pole or find out more information, contact the Ohana team here.