What does Posture have to do with Foam Rolling?


Hi everyone, my name is Andrew Lengerich. I’m a physical therapist here at AID Performance Physical Therapy. Today I just want to give a little talk about some exercises you can do. An easy exercise, in particular, you can do at the gym to help combat poor posture, as we have a society that sits more in front of computers, and iPads, and phones, just a few things you can do to help combat that poor posture. As we know, sitting at our desks we tend to have a more slouched, rounded, forward posture here, causes a lotta tightness across the chest, and then poor mobility in the thoracic spine. So today I just wanna talk about an easy exercise you can do in the gym, at home, anywhere where you have a foam roller to help open up that chest and restore good posture.


So what you wanna do, you wanna grab your foam roller, lie it on the floor here. And then what you’re gonna do is lie on it perpendicular, arms up over your head, flare your elbows back to help open up that chest, and then you’re gonna roll through the spine here, keeping the neck supported with the hands so you’re not putting too much strain on the neck. And you wanna make sure you’re not just on here for 30 seconds. You wanna make sure you roll between three and five minutes to help really restore the mobility in the spine and open up that chest. So there’s your tip to help improve your posture throughout the day and while you’re at the gym. Thanks.

Andrew Lengerich, PT, DPT

Senior Physical Therapist at AID Performance Physical Therapy
Andrew Lengerich, PT, DPT, CMTPT earned his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Throughout his time at Miami University he worked as a volunteer coach for grade school basketball teams in Butler County. Upon graduation he began the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013. Throughout his time at the University of Dayton he was able to travel to China in an exchange program with Nanjing Medical University. He was also able to complete an independent study with the University of Kentucky men's basketball team examining injury prevention and return to sport in elite athletes. Prior to coming to AID Performance Physical Therapy Andrew worked in Fayetteville North Carolina with active duty military. Andrew specializes in working with athletes of all ages and ability recover from musculoskeletal injuries of all types. His favorite injuries to treat are low back and hip injuries, using a full body evaluation to get to the true cause of the injury.
Andrew Lengerich, PT, DPT

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