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Can Archery Be the Solution to Spinal Problems?

Archery and Spine Problems: In modern life, the use of computers, driving a vehicle, even correspondence on your smartphone has become an important cause of posture disorder, beyond affecting the neck and shoulder posture negatively.

In desk jobs, the shoulder on the wheel stays far ahead of its natural position; these can be thought of as movements that push the shoulder blades away from the back. It is well known that back muscles, which become lazy and weakened by using the same muscles for a long time and maintaining the same posture, cause neck pain.

Shoulder impingement problems are also common in office workers as a result of involuntary movements that bring their shoulders forward and keep their heads close to the screen.

When the malalignment caused by the posture disorder becomes permanent, severe surgical treatments may be required. Strengthening the muscles that allow the shoulder to move backward plays a key role in correcting the alignment.

These muscles keep our neck straight and pull the shoulder back through the shoulder blade. The difficulty of strengthening is that if the movements to be made to work these muscles are not done at the right angles, they remain still as a result of the stronger shoulder and chest muscles.

For example, spring-loaded devices trying to be pulled in the back region or backward beating of the wings can be painful and difficult to practice because they force the joint boundaries.

However, when the “bow” used in ancient archery sports is pulled regularly, the back movement of our shoulder blades and shoulder is easily achieved by balancing the opposite muscles.

Archery and Spine Problems: Archery is outlined in three basic movements.

Preparation: Holding and stretching. While the archer grabs the bow with his left hand and pulls the arrow backwards with his right hand, the load that starts with the chest muscles is carried to the back muscles by pulling back the shoulder muscles and shoulder. The bow is stretched to the last stage, the rope is pulled until the left arm is parallel to the ground, the right arm is bent at the elbow, and the shoulder is fully back.

Balancing = Engagement:

Don’t wait on tension. When the spring is fully stretched, only the back and the balancing shoulder and chest muscles work together. This phase is the moment of exercise, which we call the isometric phase (the muscle being contracted without stretching) is the healthiest and the least risk of injury.


While the arrow is pointing towards the target, the load on the bow is released, while the shoulder and scapula move back to the last limit. This movement is a highly harmonious transition-balancing moment that follows the shoulder to go back like a whip and immediately reciprocate the shoulder muscles and pull the shoulder forward. It works the shoulder muscles together with the back muscles.

By focusing on the target, archery relaxes the human mind, provides an involuntary contraction habit apart from voluntary movements, and enables the development of muscles that react strongly and reflexively to adverse conditions in daily and business life. In daily life, an archer can prevent the risk of injury with his archer muscles without realizing it, and draw attention with his special stance.

It is a very valuable exercise method, especially in those with a tendency to impairment in child development. Archery should be given importance in order to prevent humpback, neck straightening and shoulder squeezing from diseases.

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