What is Posture?
Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or laying down. Good posture involves training the body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments.
Good Posture makes you look great, feel more energetic and project confidence. It also helps prevent injury and reduce pain.
We all want good posture… but it can be so hard to achieve if you have poor posture. That’s because acquiring good posture involves not only learning new movements and positions but changing life-long habits as well.
How we can help you to improve your Posture
The first step to learning how to correct your posture is to have your posture type assessed. Your physiotherapist is an expert at posture assessment.
Just knowing how to correct your posture is not enough to achieve a change in your actual habit.
Other areas may need to be addressed to help you correct and maintain a good posture;
- If you have stiff spinal joints, they will need to be loosened to allow your spine to get into a better position.
- If your muscles are too tight you won’t be able to keep a normal posture. Your physio can help to stretch these muscles.
- Your muscle needs to be strong enough to pull you into the correct posture.
- Your muscles need to able to work for hours on end. Poor endurance can be a major factor in habitual poor posture.
The hardest part is the initial change. After that, you are merely reinforcing the correct habit which will become your normal perfect posture.
Your physiotherapist is the ideal health professional to identify your posture style and provide you with hands-on treatment, posture correction exercises and strength and core exercises tailored for your needs for you to achieve great posture again!
And… you’re never too old to start. It just gets harder to change your old ways.
If you need posture correction advice or you think your posture, working or sporting activities are contributing to your symptoms, please contact your physiotherapist.