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How’s Your Posture?

Bad Posture causing you problems?

Think about the last time you saw your posture in the mirror and how you immediately corrected yourself to look taller, slimmer, fitter. We fight the good fight against gravity 24 hours a day and it is up to our muscles and skeletal structure to keep our posture in proper alignment. It’s not the easiest thing to correct either, trying to maintain good and proper posture after slouching all day, feels tiresome. You have different muscles in your core and deep spine that help you maintain a more upright posture. These muscles are used for long duration contractions to keep your body properly aligned. However, like with all muscles, the less you use them, the more they atrophy and the less they can do their job. With today’s sedentary lifestyles, sitting at work, driving in the car, watching TV, etc., these muscles become weaker and weaker. That’s not saying we cannot build these muscles back up, we can, but it’s not an overnight delivery.

An aligned posture not only helps your physicality, it can also improve your emotional and mental well-being. Having uneven pressure on the spine is the root of many back and other muscle problems, which can lead to an overall decrease in your standard of living. With slouching comes sore muscles, especially in the neck and back. Having good posture can lead to increased airflow, which can give you more energy to do what you want to do in life. Posture can say a lot about a person especially to a stranger even if that is not how you’re feeling. Someone slouching at work might signify to their boss that they’re bored, discouraged, or that they don’t care about the work they’re doing. A good posture can help you feel more healthy and relaxed, which will show to the people around you. Poor posture can also be the cause of a few health and fitness problems such as:

  • Back & Neck Pain
  • Poor Balance
  • Difficulty Walking
  • Poor Digestion
  • Changes in breathing patterns affecting your blood chemistry
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Lack of endurance
  • Poor Athletic performance

 

 How can physical therapy help?

When it comes to posture and the movement mechanics of your body, no one is more qualified than a SportsCare Physical Therapist to help you. In physical therapy, your Therapist will evaluate your body mechanics, posture, strength and mobility and see what is needed for you to gain better posture. They will then create a custom and tailored plan that will pinpoint what you need to do to relieve your pain, improve your posture,  balance, endurance, etc. With extensive orthopedic care through physical therapy, you can strengthen those muscles that have been weakened by a poor posture and give your body a new chance to have good posture. Spine health is so important for long-term health and overall well-being, and a Physical Therapist can help you correct your posture and improve your spinal health.

 

A SportsCare Physical Therapist will teach you the right exercises that will put you on the path to a well-postured life. Text your Zip Code to 1-844-700-0013 to find the nearest SportsCare Physical Therapy Center to you, or check our website here.

 

We look forward to getting you standing tall, comfortably. See You Soon!