Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Shoulder Alignment Basics in CCSVI

CCSVI, affecting the blood vessels of the head, neck and chest may respond poorly to chronic muscle tension and poor posture of the upper body. Poor posture and chronic muscle tension are unhealthy for all, and especially those with CCSVI and MS, where the blood vessels of the upper body are not functioning properly already.

The following video, by experienced Yoga teacher Paisley Close (San Diego, CA), addresses the issues of proper shoulder alignment. Though one of her aims in making this video is to prepare you for more challenging yoga poses, the basics of shoulder alignment are universally applicable.

This simple exercise can be done standing, sitting or in a wheelchair. Make sure to listen to your body, the sensation of stretch should be one of gentle lengthening, not strain.

With things like chronic tension and poor posture, stretching just one time won't be that helpful. This is the kind of thing you'll need to devote 5 minutes to each day (and for some of us who tend to slouch, even a few times a day). And as with all yoga, taking slow full breaths and exhaling completely is important...We'll have more on breathing in another blog post.

Let's go with the Flow
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1 comment:

  1. It only takes one person to make a difference in someone's life. For the Hubbard Family, Arlene Hubbard was our catalyst. For yours' maybe it's you!
    Stay well!