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Old 09-26-12, 08:48 PM   #1
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Body alignment issues: how to work on it?

I tend to carry my right shoulder lower than the left, probably as a result of carrying heavy bookbags in highschool. I don't do things like that anymore, but the aftereffects are still there. It's nothing extreme, maybe an inch or so, but I'd like to do something about it. For some of the sports I do, straightness and balance are very important. It never bothered me for cycling, but it does for equestrian pursuits. If I'm not sitting straight it adversely affects the way the horse moves, at least for the type of precision riding I'm doing.

I have no idea how to even approach this. My riding coach helps me learn how to compensate for this when I'm actually in the saddle but he thinks it would be good for me to work on the underlying issue out of the saddle. Is there some type of physical therapy that you can do to work on this? Or am I doomed? lol

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ride an "effen" donkey then
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My dressage saddle won't fit a donkey unfortunately, so that's out. lol.
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My dressage saddle won't fit a donkey unfortunately, so that's out. lol.
Dress like a monk,the long outfit will cover your fancy-pants saddle attached with bungee cords.

Why horses?
They cost a fortune to board,crap a mountain all over the place,and dumb as a door knob.
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Old 09-26-12, 09:08 PM   #5
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Scary that my son in law is from Joisey also.
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Walk around with a heavy backpack over the left shoulder for a few days and raise the height of the right stirrup until your body straightens out.
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Walk around with a heavy backpack over the left shoulder for a few days and raise the height of the right stirrup until your body straightens out.
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There are certainly a lot of body alignment methods listed on google. The Alexander Technique has been used for over 100 years.
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I have a neighbor who does rolfing (she is a rolfer). They don't call it that anymore but when I asked her what she meant by what she did call it she said it used to be called rolfing.

Also chiro.
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Sounds like a first world problem to me
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I'd start with yoga or a personal trainer who knows kinesiology. Tell the instructor/trainier what you're looking to accomplish. They can probably give you exercises to get your shoulders straight.
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+1 with the yoga suggestion.

Also some massage therapy with someone who knows deep tissue, shiatsu, pressure point release techniques.

I'd also consider a consultation with an Osteopath.
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I had something similar(never had a backpack that could handle 5 textbooks a day more more than 2 months, so I used canvas book bags). I think one of the things that helped the most was getting a ergonomic kneel-chair for my computer(where I spend most of my sitting time). I DEFINITELY recommend one with a steel frame, though.
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Start lifting weights. My body used to be crooked and bent until I started gym work. It's muscles that hold the body in shape. You strengthen the muscles and the rest will follow.
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That's where the Alexander method comes in, it teaches you to be aware of how you move and how you use your muscles and teachs you to use them differently to remove the misalignment.
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