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Modified Squat Exercise for Back Strength. Euclid Chiropractic

Here is the link to the full video. 

Physical rehab of your low back has different stages. To avoid injury (or re-injury): start with an removal of any pain in the back or legs, stretch, then you can begin strengthening.

After starting with the wall and chair squat (see related articles below), this modified squat changes your body position through the movement to strengthen your back.

There are 2 levels of difficulty: High and Moderate

High Difficulty Level:

A. Here are the steps and positions

Position 1: Stand with good posture.

Position 2: Lower your body ONLY where you can keep your back straight.

Moderate Level of Difficulty: Using a chair. 

A. Here are the steps and positions.

Position 1

Position 2:

If you have any discomfort or pain with this exercise, immediately ice after and check with your chiropractor on your next visit.

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Part 4: Shaping up Sitting Posture: Low Back Strength Exercise

Your sitting and standing posture can be improve with exercises.  This video is part 4 of a series that starts with stretching then strengthening your low back and upper back.  This will improve your posture and compliment Chiropractic care when there is spinal alignment problems.

Here are the 2 exercises:

  1. Chair Squat

    1. Start with good standing posture (weight on your heels, chin & shoulders back).

    2. Holding your posture with hands on the chair, then bend your knees to your comfort.

    3. Repeat 2-5 times.

    4. Add more repetitions and bend your knees more when comfortable.

  2. Relaxed Plank Leg Raise

    1. Lying on your stomach, put your weight on your forearms to relax your back.

    2. Bend one knee to about 90 degrees.

    3. Raise the knee to contract the low back, hamstring and glute to your comfort.

    4. Hold for 5 seconds, then repeat with other leg.

    5. Perform exercise on each side 3-5 times, based on comfort.

Perform these exercises on a regular, daily BEFORE you have back pain.  Having the awareness allows you to keep your back strong.

Everyone’s health is at a unique state.

Euclid Chiropractic specializes in customizing simplistic routines for our patients. Enjoy a complimentary consultation and see you we can help you live a healthier, happier life.

Here is Part 1,2 and 3:
1.Intro and  2Upper Back/Neck Stretches
2.Two Low Back Stretches
3.Three Neck/Upper Back Strengthening Exercises

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Part 3: Shaping Up Sitting Posture-3 Upper Back/Shoulder Exercises

When strengthen these muscles in our upper back, middle back and back of the shoulders, we improve our postural muscles.  Along with a healthy spine curving backward, strengthening these muscles will maintain a relaxed position reducing and resolving muscle pain, neuropathy, joint pain, disc problems, and preventing arthritis.

Remember to hold good posture for each exercise.

Steps for each exercise: 

  1. Lateral Posterior Deltoid Extension.   This will strengthen the posterior deltoids and rhomboids.

    1. Keep elbows tucked into side, elbows at 90 degrees.

    2. Start with hands in front.

    3. Rotate your hands to the side and pull the shoulder blades in with comfortable tension.

  2. Vertical Posterior Deltoid Extension. This will isolate and strengthen the posterior deltoids.

    1. Upper arms level with the shoulders.

    2. Elbows bent at 90 degrees.

    3. Start with our hands forward, then rotate them back by contract the posterior deltoids.

    4. Go as far up until the shoulders tighten.

  3. Bent Over Reverse Fly.  This will strengthen the upper trapezius and back of the neck.

    1. Lean forward 10 degrees.

    2. Start with your hands in front.

    3. Keep head still and form an arch with your hands to reach the level of the shoulders.

Start with low weights and 5 repetitions.  As you get comfortable, then increase the repetitions to 10, then increase the weight.

Only perform these exercises if your body if free of pain and nerve conditions.

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Fixing Sitting Posture Part 1: Intro. & Upper Body Exercises

Poor Sitting Posture contributes to muscle pain, neuropathy, headaches and arthritis long-term.

In this video (part 1 of 4), Dr. Ratkovic explains how to correct sitting posture and demonstrates the Upper Trapezius Stretch and the Corner Stretch for the chest and shoulders.

Steps of the Stretches

  1. Upper Trap Stretch

    1. Start by sitting straight up.

    2. To stretch the left side, put your right hand behind your left ear and turn your head over the left shoulder.

    3. Relax your neck, so your right hand pulls the head toward your chest.

    4. Switch hands to stretch the right side.

  2. Front Shoulder/Chest Stretch

    1. Stand with good posture

    2. Hands should be at shoulder level

    3. Stand 2 feet away from corner of the wall with your hand on the wall

    4. While holding your posture, lean into the wall and hold.

Every person is at a unique level of health.

Euclid Chiropractic offers a complimentary consultation to evaluate your present posture and provide a custom workout for you.

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