I am often asked about posture; “What is good posture, How do I improve my posture, and Why do I need to be concerned about posture?”  Posture is a learned habit of how we carry our bodies.  It is composed of the thousands of coordinated efforts of muscles, joints, and ligaments.  Over time good posture perpetuates healthy lung expansion, adequate rest for spinal muscles, and proper mechanical support for the spine itself. 

Poor posture compromises lung capacity impacting oxygen intake, energy levels, muscle endurance, and even can cause reshaping of the spine itself.  There are also the obvious vain though motivating effects of poor posture:  it will make you look shorter, tired, and less engaged in life, in a word, ‘slouchier’.  Standing tall states confidence, enthusiasm, and positivity.  Sitting posture is as important as standing.  Choose a chair that allows you to “perch” on your sitting bones.  A lot of effort to sit up tall is wasted without a properly situated base.  Slide back in your chair if it has a back to it and allow the chair to keep your hips from rolling back.  This will allow the lower back to arch and provide the proper curvature to the spine while sitting.  Pay attention to your shoulders rounding forward.  Get a feel for when your shirt tugs slightly at the front of your shoulder.  Take this as a cue to retract and drop your shoulder blades.  Rounded shoulders are the beginning of what is called Upper Crossed Syndrome and results in many cases of headaches and neck pain.  Postural corrections and improvements may feel strange at first, but with time and practice you can form the habit of excellent posture.

Who do you know or work with who is concerned about their posture or who suffers neck or back pain and fatigue?  Let us know today how we can help, 526-4415.