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My eye floaters occure in my left eye. My left shoulder is higher than my right shoulder and is always pulled forward a bit due to muscle imbalances in my body. My left shoulder pops out of place frequently and I have to do a counter stretch against a wall to get it to pop back. I think these imbalances in my shoulder are a factor in my floaters. My floaters clear up whenever I work on my shoulder with yoga and trigger point therapy and return whenever I spend a lot of time on the computer or do any kind of exercise that tightens my shoulder. (Related Link: What are eye floaters?)

When I move my head around, there are some positions that cause my floaters to decrease and some where they get worse. They get better when I turn my head to the right, which stretches out the overdeveloped shoulder muscles on my left side. They get worse when I turn my head to the left. So for me I can tell from these tests that to alleviate my floaters more permanently I need to focus on releasing the knotted muscles in my left shoulder, or in other words to strive for a long term effect of what happens to my muscles now in the short term when I turn my head to the right.

Poses that correct the forward pull on my left side are twisting poses that twist my torso to the left (counter clockwise) and pull back and stretch out my left shoulder.

Listed below are the yoga postures that help me to reduce my floaters and seem to help correct my shoulder issue. Please note that these postures are based on my particular problem and may or may not help others with floaters, depending on where your muscles are tight and misaligned. Or there may be other reasons for floaters in other people that are different than my circumstances.

Think of the yoga poses below as a case study to use as an example and not a road map of exactly what will work for you. In order to correct your own imbalances you have to understand what your own particular postural and muscles alignment problems are. To find out where your own muscles are imbalanced I would recommend the book Structural Yoga Therapy.

These postures seem to reduce the number of floaters I see in my left eye:

Lying Spinal Twist (also sometimes called Crocodile Twist) - this yoga posture helps to push back into place the forward shoulder on my left side. To do it I lie on my back, legs together and arms outstretched to the sides. First I cross my left knee over to the right side of my body, leaving my hips over each other and perpendicular to the floor. My left knee is touching the floor. I do this twisting pose on both sides, but I hold the twist where my knee is stretched to the right longer, as this is a good counter stretch for my forward shoulder.

This stretch was actually too difficult for me at first, so instead of of crossing one leg over the other, I would just twist both knees slightly to one side and to the floor. On days when this was still too difficult, then I would twist both knees with a pillow under them so they don't have to stretch all of the way to the floor. Or instead of resting my knees on the floor or pillow, I would rest rest them against the side of a bed or couch.

When I first tried this stretch, my leg muscles were so tight and shortened that I had to only do the modified versions. But after a week or so of doing this I could reach the floor with both knees and then eventually I could cross one leg over the other and reach the floor. I think that is a good example of how yoga really can make long term changes in your muscle structure and length over time.

When I do this pose I can feel the muscles pull diagonally across my torso and also a stretch and release in my left shoulder.

Standing Twist - I put a chair up against a wall on a non-skid surface. I stand next to the chair facing the wall so the chair is on my right side. Next I put my left foot on the chair at a right angle across my body, so that my knee is bent at a right angle to the floor and parallel to the wall. My palms are at shoulder height and pressed into the wall.

This pose is another way to twist my torso to the left, thereby pulling back, stretching and releasing the mulches in my left shoulder. This helps to correct the forward left shoulder even after the pose has been completed by lengthening and stretching the contracted muscles that had previously caused the forward pull.

Both of these poses are from the book Back Care Basics:

Standing Twist - page 108

Lying Spinal Twist - page 94.

See the book Back Care Basics for pictures of people in the poses above and more detailed instructions.




Other Resources:

Common Postural Deficiencies - if you have one of both shoulders that slouch forward, check out the part about Protracted Shoulder Girdle. The Doorway Modified Chest Stretch is a great exercise, if like me, you just have one shoulder that is more forward than the other. I do this exercise with both arms but I hold the stretch longer on the side with the forward pulled shoulder.


Related Web Pages:

Eye Floaters - an overlooked cause and possible cure.

Yoga and trigger point therapy for frozen shoulders.

Diet Changes to Help Wobbly Eyes - My son developed nystagmus from chemical sensitivity. Diet changes and removing chemicals from the house helped bring him back to normal.

What causes popping sounds from your shoulder? - I used to have weird sounds from my shoulder joint as it would pop out of places. Stretches and tips to help snap it back to where it belongs.

How to treat chronic neck pain - Sore necks can make day to day life miserable.

Migraine Headaches

Popping joints


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