Figure 13. The Backward Stretch on the Ladder Barrel Pilates Apparatus Exercise. Permission Simona Cipriani. The Art of Control Pilates Studio, Stamford, CT, USA.

How Pilates Can Treat Thoracic Hyperkyphosis, also known as Rounded Back

When a client presents with thoracic hyperkyphosis (rounded back), there are many approaches for how Pilates can treat thoracic hyperkyphosis. And for each of these approaches, many Pilates exercises can be utilized. Before addressing these approaches, let’s briefly review thoracic hyperkyphosis…

body language and teaching

Body Language – From Commons Signs to Spotting Lies

Here is a fun exercise to help you practice your body language reading skills. Turn on a movie or tv show, but turn the sound off. It is amazing when there are no words to distract us, how much better we can read the body language and understand the feelings and emotions of the communication.

backpack and adolescent back pain article by Joseph Muscolino.

Does Carrying a Backpack Cause Back Pain in Adolescents?

And perhaps the biggest problem I have with this study about backpacks and adolescent back pain is that an overuse syndrome usually does NOT cause pain in the early stages. When the body is physically stressed by something like carrying a backpack, it often requires many years before the overuse results in pain.

Text Neck Posture. Permission Joseph E. Muscolino. www.learnmuscles.com.

Text Neck and Neck Pain… and Neck Dysfunction

With any imbalanced posture (postural distortion pattern), including text neck posture, asymmetrical pathomechanical forces are placed into the tissues of the body. These forces have to have an effect. I believe it is impossible to argue that pathomechanics do not lead to dysfunction.

Suggested postures for smart phone use.

The Price of Smart Phones – Ten Conditions Caused by Smart Phone Use

Following are ten of the most common dysfunctional postural patterns and injuries that may occur with smart phone (cell/mobile phone) use.

tight neck extensor musculature can cause tension headaches

Tension Headaches

A tension headache is caused by excessive pulling force of tight muscles in the back of the neck that exert tension on their attachments on the head.

extension mobilization stretch for the thoracic spine on an exercise ball

The Thoracic Spine… The Silent Saboteur

There is an old saying that no posture is bad unless you get stuck in it. The problem is that the thoracic spine often does get stuck in bad posture.

Muscle Spasming of the Neck CE Home-Study Course (2.5 CE Hours)

Joe Muscolino CE Courses

Introduction Muscle spasming of the neck is likely the most common musculoskeletal complaint that exists. Indeed it is rare to find a client/patient whose neck is not tight. The musculature of the neck (cervical spine) can be divided into anterior …