The so-called Japanese towel method promises better posture and rapid weight loss, but according to experts, it can be particularly harmful.
You have to be very careful with trendy weight loss practices popular on the Internet, because some solutions can be particularly harmful, if not dangerous, to the human body. Recently, the five-minute Japanese towel technique has gained a lot of fame, and based on the short description, it’s no wonder why many people try it: the essence of the towel method is to lay on the floor and place a rolled-up towel on the lower back and perform some exercises, which theoretically starts the belly fat burning process in five minutes. Sounds weird, doesn’t it?
Not by chance, although if we look at where the trend started, we can easily realize that it was born from a misunderstanding. The technique was developed by a Japanese chiropractor and massage specialist, Dr. Toshiki Fukutsudzi, who originally sought a cure for poor posture, but noted that the method can even accelerate weight loss. The latter assumption has since been refuted by several professional personal trainers, saying that the posture may make the stomach appear flatter, but it does not initiate weight loss processes.
A Article by Femina According to the Hungarian Association of Physiotherapists, the Hungarian Association of Physiotherapists recently published an official position, which drew attention to the fact that the towel method can improperly load the supporting muscles, cervical spine and shoulder joints, easily cause cramps, strains and even disc pinching, so before trying the method, those who suffer from scoliosis, have undergone hip or spine surgery, or are struggling with some kind of musculoskeletal problem, should definitely consult a doctor – or rather, don’t even try the exercise of dubious origin.
Source: Well&fit by wellandfit.hu.
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