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As an RMT, I see a lot of patients with “upper and lower cross syndromes” which means that one side of the body is more developed than the other. To avoid such imbalances you should consider exercises that involve extension and external rotation movement of the shoulder, hip joints and spine. Opposing muscle groups must be in balance – equally toned, equally stretched. In cases of an imbalance, the stronger muscle groups will overpower the weaker ones which can lead to many different kinds of problems, including respiratory system issues, poor posture, headaches, and pain in the shoulders, neck and back. So, when you go to the gym do an odd “bridge exercise” that will work as a nice counter to all the flexion and internal rotation exercises, such as bench presses, pull downs and sit-ups.

Dainis Viskers is a Registered Massage Therapist at Body & Soul

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