I hadn’t realized I was doing it…
About a month after my top surgery, I was free of my drains and liquid puss grenades (You’re welcome for that visual) and my friend came up to me.
She said, “Stand taller man…” And she pulled my shoulders back to their natural position.
I hadn’t even realized that for the last 20 years, or at least since I started growing those sacks on my chest, I’d start to cave my shoulders inward. This would definitely explain all of the back problems I have in my upper region. Shoulder blade knots that kept coming and coming. I was like a bow, and it was stretching my muscles in awful ways.
I noticed it again when I was starting to do some running. Because my shoulder were so far forward my collar-bone and shoulder blades and all the muscles and tendons there would hurt so badly.
When I stood up straighter and pulled my muscles back it stuck my chest out. Something I’d never ever wanted to do before top surgery.
I’ve been all around the web of FTM and Trans-Masc culture and I haven’t read too much about shoulder bowing.
For me it’s a constant duty to myself to stand up straighter and keep good form and posture. Not only when I’m exercising and working out, but when I’m sitting at my desk or standing because back problems are in my future!