When your back is straight, it is stabilized and supported. If you slouch or exhibit a different type of “poor posture”, you back does not have the support that it requires to stay balance; this can lead to many health problems down the road. The most common problem stemming from poor posture is sore muscles. As you slouch, your muscles have to work harder to protect and stabilize your spine; differently from the amount of work they require when you’re standing up straight. With extra stress and work placed on those muscles it can result in muscle fatigue and tightness. This may not seem serious, but it can lead to long-term problems. Other major issues that can arise from poor posture are spinal curvature (kyphosis, scoliosis to name a few), subluxations (shifting of your vertebrae), blood vessel constriction, and nerve constriction.
How can you fix this?
- STRETCH – Correcting your posture isn’t going to happen overnight; afterall, it didn’t occur overnight either! Start incorporating at least one stretching exercise per day. Try this one – Place your hands on your hips while standing or sitting, and band your trunk backwards. Hold for at least 20 seconds and repeat 3 times.
- MOVE – Get up! Sitting for long periods of time can be a big contributor to poor posture. You see this most often with desk-type jobs that leave you sitting most of the day. Get up every 30 minutes and walk to the bathroom or the water cooler; just move. When sitting, your muscles have the tendency to shorten, and this can result in the muscles pulling on your skeletal system. By getting up and walking around, those muscles begin to relax and it improves better blood flow through them.
For more information on posture, or for a postural screen by one of our physical therapists, call us today! We treat postural abnormalities in the Clermont 34711 area!