James (CrossFit Coach & Sports Massage therapist at CrossFit Chiltern):
Since working at CrossFit Chiltern I have treated a number of different patients due to their lifestyle and type of work.
Firstly, I would like to speak about office workers and the KYPHOTIC pose. As an office worker you are spending anything from 5 to 8 hours a day sat at a desk and will no doubt be feeling a lot of strain on the upper body.
When I mention the Kyphotic pose it is most common in office workers. Sitting in an abnormal position will push the shoulder blades forward and force an excessive curve in the thoracic spine (the start of the kyphotic pose), meaning you will get an aching pain around the mid back (thoracic spine) and the shoulders. Then of course this will then be moving towards to neck and can cause a lot unnecessary stress on your body.
To help keep the body in a natural position we need to think about how we sit with the correct posture. So remember to be upright and try to keep the core muscles activated, as this will help with your posture problems.
Myofascial release (foam rolling) is one of the best tools we can use to help with any sort of problems. For the Kyphotic pose, we use the myofascial release to ease the tension on the back by simply foam for 5-10 minutes a day, thus easing strain on the back and shoulders.
If you are finding it hard to keep on top of the myofascial release, then try a Sports Massage. I have regular clients that book in to help release with stress and physical training. Sports massage and deep tissue massage has been proven to help maintain good posture, stress relief and to boost for performance in sports activity.
I have been working as a sports massage therapist for many years and even I go to see another therapist for deep tissue every 2-4 weeks to help release tension and general better feeling within myself. If you are suffering from aches pains or even any form of stress, I’m available any evening during the week and Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.