Posture impacts our body’s mobility and functionality more than we realize. Poor posture can increase a person’s risk for injury, while good posture can decrease pain. In this article, we are going to offer 3 tips for maintaining excellent posture all day, every day.
Good Posture Can Reduce Pain
Having bad posture doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll experience pain. However, maintaining good posture or correcting bad posture can help reduce existing pain. This is something we help patients with every day. For example, if a patient complains of neck pain, a change in the way they crane their neck at the computer can go a long way in reducing pain. It should be noted that posture changes do not typically act as a miraculous cure for pain conditions. Rather, postural changes can be used in conjunction with physical therapy and other treatment modalities to relieve pain in the patient.
Core Strength is Key
One of the best methods for improving your overall posture is to strengthen your core muscles with various stretches and exercises. Your core muscles (from your pelvis to your abdomen) are the key to a solid postural foundation.
Maintain Good Posture While Sitting & During Activities
When most people think of “posture” they picture someone sitting or standing as straight as possible. But posture does not just apply to sedentary actions like sitting and standing. Your posture during physical activity is important as well. For example, lifting heavy objects with poor posture can lead to significant back injuries. So be mindful of your posture when sitting on your couch and when you’re exercising.
The Minnesota physical therapists at OrthoRehab Specialists have been helping patients regain mobility and reduce pain for over 25 years. Our skilled rehabilitation specialists can work with you to develop a physical therapy routine that fits your unique needs. Contact us today at our Edina or Minneapolis clinic to set up your appointment and get the care you deserve.