Wishing You a Healthy and Happy Jewish New Year

Written by: Yaffa Liebermann PT, GCS, CEO

As a physical therapist for many years, I always like to share my knowledge.  To celebrate the New year, I will pair that knowledge with a gift to remind you of the importance of keeping your body straight: A page with illustrations of two positions, laying and standing.

Feel free to print the page and display it at work or your home to allow all who are walking by to see it; hopefully, it will prompt them to pull their shoulders back and get taller for a picture is worth a thousand words.

The body was designed to be lined up in a certain way to achieve the best muscle function and joint movements.  When we stand up straight, we give room to the vital organs to function well.  When shoulder are pulled back and the chest is up, we give our lungs full capacity to breathe.

Feet are your body’s base. Therefore shoes are a priority when dressing.  Shoes should fit comfortably (not too tight or too loose) and have a small, built in arch support.

Good posture needs to be maintained through understanding and practice.  When we maintain an upright posture, it contributes to good self-esteem.  Next time you pass a mirror, stop and practice correct posture, and you will be surprised to see a slight smile appear on your face.

You can practice the lying and standing positions by yourself or, even better, with a friend or a family member.   Lying down might be difficult for a person with a stiff back but, after the body is completely on the floor, you will relax and enjoy the feeling which allows you to breathe deeply.

Stand and touch the wall with your body –  make sure to tuck your chin in and push your head backward, pull back the shoulders, the trunk and the buttocks and make yourself tall, like being pulled by a long thread.  Hold this pose for a few minutes.

Once standing and feeling the head, shoulders, trunk, and buttocks touching the wall behind you, lift your arms and maintain shoulder, elbows and hands touch- this will be harder at first.   Make a game of it with your family to see who can lift the arms up higher and still can touch the wall with elbows and shoulders.

Start this New year by making yourself straight, happy and proud.

Yaffa and Eli Liebermann, Prime Rehabilitation Services and Mobile Therapy Services wishing you a healthy and happy New Year.

 

4 Comments

  1. Svetlana Friedman on September 24, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Thank you for bringing attention to this important topic. Maintaining proper posture throughout lifetime is one of important factors to health as you mention in your post. Teaching its importance from childhood is the key but we must be patient and present for it to succeed.

  2. Toni Swick on October 1, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    And to you also, thank you
    Toni

    • Melissa F on December 30, 2022 at 7:56 pm

      Great blog! Thank you for the important reminder. I am pursuing a career change from education to physical therapy, and I really enjoy your blog posts. Thank you for your time!

  3. fetive on April 17, 2024 at 4:21 am

    I stumbled upon your blog and I couldn’t resist leaving a comment. As a physical therapist myself, I truly appreciate your dedication to sharing knowledge and empowering others to take care of their bodies.

    The page you shared with illustrations of lying and standing positions is such a thoughtful gift. I can already imagine displaying it in my workspace and encouraging my colleagues to practice good posture. Your reminder about the importance of keeping our bodies straight and aligned for optimal muscle function and joint movement really resonates with me.

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