- A chiropractor on TikTok shared an exercise meant to improve posture
- Poor posture can lead to pain and other lasting health consequences
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A chiropractor in Colorado has shared a 10-minute exercise that can reverse hunched posture, which affects one in 10 Americans.
Dr Daniel Nye, a chiropractor at Discover Chiropractic, posted a video on TikTok demonstrating that lying on your back with your feet propped up on a chair can improve posture.
In the video, which has garnered 44.6 million views since 2021, Dr Nye shows a woman with a hunched back using her cell phone.
He grabs a chair and has the woman lie on the ground, propping her feet up.
Text on the screen then says to roll up a towel and spread your hands out on the floor. Dr Nye places the towel behind the woman’s head.
Dr Nye advises his 183,000 followers to do the exercise for 10 minutes every day.
Dr Daniel Nye, a chiropractor in Colorado, posted a video on TikTok demonstrating that lying on your back with your feet propped up on a chair can improve posture
Text on the screen then says to roll up a towel and spread your hands out on the floor. Dr Nye places the towel behind the woman’s head. Dr Nye advises his 183,000 followers to do the exercise for 10 minutes every day
He does not specify how many days it takes to see results.
A study by the American Chiropractic Association found that one in 10 Americans suffer from poor posture.
The most common culprits include sitting at a desk all day, looking down at a cell phone, and lounging on the sofa.
Chronic slouching can result in back and neck pain, as well as other chronic conditions.
According to Harvard Health, for example, poor posture can increase the chance of stress incontinence, which is when the bladder leaks a bit of urine after you cough or sneeze.
Slouching increases pressure in the abdomen, which then puts stress on the bladder. This chronic pressure weakens pelvic floor muscles and leads to a greater chance of incontinence.
Poor posture also shortens and tightens muscles, leading to decreased flexibility and reduced range of motion in your joints.
A study by the American Chiropractic Association found that one in 10 Americans suffer from poor posture
Years of slouching also weakens the spine, which makes it more prone to injury.
Hunching your back can even worsen mental health, a study from San Francisco State University suggests.
Participants were asked to think about positive and negative experiences twice – once while sitting up straight, and another while slouching.
The students who were slumped over recalled negative experiences more easily than those who sat up straight.
Several TikTok users praised Dr Nye’s technique.
A user called ChickenNugget said: ‘IM SO DOING THIS, so tired of looking like Quasimodo all the time.’
‘Who else straightened their back instantly?’ Corn Fed Andy said.
Teaaaafernando said: ‘Who else immediately changed their posture the moment they saw this?’