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Posture Exercises

Even without PD, it is easy to fall into the habit of bad posture. Many of our daily activities contribute to bad posture. The following tips are helpful for maintaining good posture in all positions:

  • Sit so that your back is fully in contact with the chair back

  • Use a back support or pillow along your lower back, especially for long car and plane rides to help you sit tall

  • Keep the computer screen and TV at eye level to minimize neck and eye strain

  • While reading, use a bookstand or rest your elbows on a pillow or table

  • Maintain eye contact during conversation to hold head erect

  • Avoid sitting in chairs without back support or armrests

  • Avoid recliners. They promote rounding of the neck, shoulders, and head as well as tightness in the hips

  • Avoid low, soft couches and chairs. The height of your chair should allow your hips and knees to be level with one another

  • Shift positions, stretch, get up, and move around

In Bed:
  • Avoid using too many pillows or a pillow that is too thin under the head

  • The best position for sleeping is lying on your side with a pillow between your knees

  • Avoid sleeping in a chair, lie down to take a nap

  • Choose a comfortable, yet firm bed

  • When reading in bed, sit with your entire back resting on the headboard, not just your head and neck

Perform frequent neck and shoulder stretches to relieve muscle tension. Place written reminders on commonly used items like the bathroom mirror, computer screen, and television: "STAND TALL."

The Parkinson's Foundation offers a live class every Friday that you can join online. Many of these exercise videos are also available on YouTube. Below are some links to posture specific exercises online.

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