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Do you ever look outside in the middle of a work day, admire the beautiful warm weather, and wish that you could leave to go climb? We do, too. The bad news is that your job could be affecting more than just your climbing schedule. Many American jobs are computer-based and take a huge toll on our posture. We sit with our shoulders hunched, neck extended forward, and back muscles disengaged. Without correcting this posture, the shoulder is no longer situated appropriately in the joint. Therefore, when we reach during a climb, our shortened postures can cause injury. The good news is that we have exercises that will help avoid this problem. Try these at home, between routes, or before you climb to help you send harder.

Cat Camel

Keep your shoulders pressed down.

Foam Roll the Upper Back

Isolate the extension of the thoracic spine.

Backwards Shoulder Rolls

Shoulders should move in circular motion from front to back.

Modified Cobra

Keep your shoulders pressed down.

Dr. Rachel Loeb

Author Dr. Rachel Loeb

Dr. Rachel received a Bachelors of Science from Lehigh University before getting her Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan University in 2010. She studied acupuncture while at Logan University and continued her education at Acupuncture Society of America in Kansas City. She has been interested in the human body since she was a competitive dancer as a child. At a very young age, she saw the benefits of chiropractic and acupuncture in pain reduction, injury prevention, better athletic performance, and better general health.

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