Good posture is important because it helps your body function at top speed. It promotes movement efficiency, endurance, and contributes to an overall feeling of well being.
Good posture is also good prevention. If you have poor posture, your bones are not properly aligned, and your muscles, joints, and ligaments take more strain than nature intended. Faulty posture may cause you fatigue, muscular strain, and, in later stages, pain. Many individuals with chronic back pain can trace their problems to years of faulty postural habits. In addition, poor posture can affect the position and function of your vital organs, particularly those in the abdominal region.
Good posture also contributes to good appearance; the person with good posture projects poise, confidence and dignity.
A healthy back has three natural curves: a slight forward curve in the neck (cervical curve), a slight backward curve in the upper back (thoracic curve), and a slight forward curve in the low back (lumbar curve). Good posture actually means keeping these three curves in balanced alignment.
Strong and flexible muscles also are essential to good posture. Abdominal, hip, and leg muscles that are weak and inflexible cannot support your back’s natural curves. Hip, knee, and ankle joints balance your back’s natural curves when you move, making it possible to maintain good posture in any position.
Poor posture distorts the body’s proper vertical alignment and the back’s natural curves. Good posture only has one appearance, but poor posture comes in many unattractive styles.
Our physical therapists focus on re-training your body to sit and stand with good posture so that your spine can heal and recover from injury as well as prevent future injury.