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Heather Jeffcoat, DPT at Self.com
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Woman Seating Posture by Julianna Slutsky/Adobe Stock
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Self Magazine's online staff recently reached out to select experts in the field of physical therapy, including our own Heather Jeffcoat, DPT, for their input on the best tools to help keep correct posture.

Here is a brief excerpt and a link to the full article:

Health
October 31, 2020

8 Posture Correctors That Will Help You Stop Slouching

Physical therapists share their top recommendations.

By Krissy Brady

If you’re one of the many people navigating a new home office lifestyle or spending more time at home, you may notice that your posture is suffering as a result. Maybe your body is starting to resemble a question mark due to an uncomfortable work setup or being cooped up indoors. When so much of your daily grind is spent in front of a screen or hovered over a phone, without enough breaks in between, it’s easy to develop the tendency to round and slump your shoulders (which, in turn, puts pressure on your spine).

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OPTP PRO-Roller Standard Density Foam Roller

A foam roller is one of the simplest things everybody can use to reduce or prevent posture-related pain, and Heather Jeffcoat, DPT, a California-based orthopedic and pelvic floor physical therapist, says she recommends one to almost all of her patients. “Once you have good postural mobility, developing core strength is your next move, and a foam roller allows for this progression,” Jeffcoat tells SELF.

One of the basic posture exercises her patients do is lie along the entire length of the foam roller and open their arms out to the sides. “For some, the high-density rollers are too painful to use, so I lean more toward this moderate density roller from OPTP,” she says. Thanks to its closed-cell, heat-molded EVA foam technology, OPTP’s Pro-Roller is durable and super easy to keep clean either with a disinfecting wipe or wet cloth.

The full article is here.

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