Exercises to Improve Posture for Special Needs

Unlock a path to enhanced well-being with specialized exercises designed to improve posture for individuals with special needs. Discover tailored routines crafted to address unique physical considerations, promoting better alignment and support. These exercises, meticulously curated for various abilities, strive to strengthen core muscles, enhance flexibility, and alleviate discomfort associated with poor posture.

Whether managing developmental challenges or specific conditions, these posture-improving exercises prioritize individual needs, fostering improved body awareness and self-confidence. Embrace a holistic approach to health and wellness, empowering individuals with special needs to experience the transformative benefits of improved posture. Elevate physical comfort, boost self-esteem, and embark on a journey towards enhanced overall well-being with exercises thoughtfully designed for every unique individual.

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Good posture is something we usually take for granted in our everyday life. We stretch when we get up in bed. We stand up and do our usual chores. We sit down to watch TV or simply relax. Having a good posture is important for everyone. For people with special needs, having a good posture can actually save their lives.

Why good posture is very important

Maintaining good posture is critically important, especially for people with special needs, including those with physical disabilities. Unfortunately, due to various conditions, many people in this group tend to have poor posture habits. For some, this is caused by spinal distortions brought about by their physical conditions. For others, it is the result of often being seated or lying down, leading to overall bad posture and chronic discomfort due to the shortening of unused muscles.

However, the implications of poor posture extend far beyond discomfort.

Poor posture can also pose significant health risks. Its consequences can vary significantly among individuals, ranging from minor inconveniences to life-threatening conditions. Poor posture, for instance, can lead to difficulty in breathing as it restricts the expansion of the lungs and limits the amount of air that can be taken in. Additionally, it can make swallowing more challenging due to the distorted alignment of the throat and esophagus.

Moreover, individuals with poor posture are more prone to developing chest infections, likely because it makes breathing more difficult and less efficient, which can result in bacteria buildup in the lungs.

Most critically, severe and untreated spinal distortions due to long-term bad posture can be fatal. For example, serious misalignments of the spine can lead to unnecessary pressure being placed upon essential organs or potentially hindering critical bodily functions, such as blood circulation or nerve communications.

There’s still hope

But here’s the good news:

Bad posture can be corrected.

Good posture care starts well into childhood. It involves a gentle intervention to prevent distortion in the spine that can be fatal when left untreated.

But not all posture care is the same. Each person has a unique set of needs and it is important that you first identify that before you go and start an exercise routine to correct your posture.

It’s a common myth that only people who already manifest bad posture should go and do something about it.

Adults and children alike may be walking, but if they do not do it right, it might affect their posture in the long run and cause other adverse effects to their health. Therefore a lack of activity or showing signs of having poor posture are good enough reasons to pursue immediate intervention and postural care. On the other hand, you might want to avoid posture problems in the future, hence the need for posture exercises.

 

Posture Exercise for Special Needs

When it comes to postural care, every individual will differ from another. Some people can do it with just a stretch. Other people to swim. Some need to consider exercises that are only fit for those in a wheelchair. But overall, having a good posture can have a positive impact on your life.

Research studies have shown that good posture provides the following benefits:

  • Back Relief
  • Better breathing
  • Reduces pain
  • Improves mood
  • Helps with digestion
  • Optimum energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Better body function even as you age

 

Having a good posture is necessary for you to enjoy a good life.

On the other hand, distortions in proper posture can not only lead to pain and discomfort but also difficulties and problems with regard to:

  • balance and stability
  • sleeping and feeding
  • systemic functions like breathing and bowel movements

to name a few.

To help with that, we compiled a list of exercises you can do to improve your posture.

Ready?

Here we go:

 

Cat to Camel Exercise

Target: upper and lower back

Cat to Camel

To do this:

  1. Start on both knees and hands in a table top position.
  2. Rotate your hips backward. At the same time arch your back towards the ceiling.
  3. Reverse your movement and go back to your original position

 

Knee Plank Exercise

Target: back, core and hips

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Knee Planks

  1. Start with your knees and hands/forearms on the ground in a 90 degree angle.
  2. Hold the position for at least 30 seconds.
  3. Rest then repeat.

 

Superman Exercise

Target: upper and lower back, core and glutes

Superman

  1. Lying face down on your stomach, extend your arms and legs.
  2. Keeping your core flat on the ground, raise both your arms and feet off the floor.
  3. Hold the position for at least three seconds, squeeze your glutes, then go back to the original position.
  4. Repeat for at least 10 reps.

 

Hip Bridge Exercise

Target: lower back, glutes and core

Hip Bridge

  1. Lie face up on your back.
  2. Bend your knees and put your feet in a distance similar to the width of your hip.
  3. Lift your hips while squeezing your glutes by pushing through your heels from the ground.
  4. Hold the position for at least three seconds then come down.
  5. Repeat for at least 10 reps.

 

Dead Bug Exercise

Target: lower back, core and shoulders

Dead Bug

  1. Lie face up on your back.
  2. Bend your knees and lift your legs into the air at a 90-degree angle.
  3. Shoot your arms straight into the air with your wrist above your shoulders.
  4. Lower your opposite arm and leg towards the floor without actually touching the ground.
  5. Hold the position for three seconds and repeat the action on your opposite leg and arm.

 

Wall Squat Exercise

Target: core and legs

Wall Squats

  1. Stand with your back flat against a wall.
  2. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  3. Moving your feet about two to three feet away from the wall, slowly slide your back down and bend your knees at a 90-degree angle.
  4. Hold the position for at least 10 seconds then repeat.

 

Single Leg Hip Bridge Exercise

Target: lower back, glutes and core

Single Leg Hip Bridge

  1. Lie face up on your back.
  2. Bend your knees and put your feet at a distance that is hip-width. Make sure your heels are just a few inches away from your butt.
  3. Raise your leg into the air and lift your hips by pushing through your heels.
  4. Hold the position for at least three seconds then come down.
  5. Repeat for at least 10 reps.

 

Lower Back Cobra Stretch Exercise

Target: lower back

Lower Back Cobra Stretch

  1. On your stomach, stretch your legs straight back with about a hip-width distance.
  2. Lift up your chest by getting into a push up position, but with your hands under the shoulders.
  3. Hold the position for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Repeat the exercise for at least three times. Rest if you must.

 

Seated Lower Back Rotation Stretch Exercise

Target: lower back

Seated Lower Back Rotation Stretch

  1. Sit on the floor with both your legs extended in front of you.
  2. Twist your hips to the right and place your left hand on your right knee to support the stretch.
  3. Do the same routine on the opposite side.
  4. Repeat on both sides for at least 8 reps.

 

At first, you might find some of these exercises a little difficult – and even painful – if you already have a problematic posture.

However, these exercises get easier over time the more you do them. You’ll also notice a difference to your posture when you continually do these posture-correcting exercises on a regular basis.

If you’re unsure how to start and you want to do these exercises correctly, you may want to try Special Strong and sign up for the 7-Day Pass for FREE!

Not only will you get access to Special Strong for free for a week, but you’ll also have access to expert fitness trainers whose goals are to help you overcome the many challenges of a healthier and happier lifestyle through adaptive fitness training.

Want more from Special Strong? Try these five in-home exercises for low muscle tone or check out these wheelchair exercises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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