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Hillary DummondAs technology continues to advance, the use of devices such as phones, tablets and laptop computers has increased drastically among all ages. For the majority, this viewing is done in poor posture, with head tilted and shoulders rolled forward. Although viewing these devices is likely the most consistent contributor to potentially damaging posture, other day to day activities have a similar affect. Driving, carrying heavy objects and sitting for extended periods are frequently conducted with less than ideal posture. The trouble with this is the disruption to normal muscle function that occurs as a result. Muscles of the neck, shoulders and back are the primary groups affected. As a result, muscles become tight and off balance, leading to pain and weakness at the affected site. Over time poor posture can lead to a very negative lasting impact on the body.

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Colleen Cleves“Getting old isn’t for sissies.” “Good enough for my age and stage.” “There is no gold in the golden years.” “I shouldn’t be doing that for my age.”

Over the years, I have heard these and many other statements from my patients and clients regarding aging and the aging process. But I have also seen and witnessed my older patients do amazing things! So the question becomes, how do we avoid the stereo typical image of aging and can it be done gracefully?

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