We all know it’s important, yet we don’t maintain it. Poor postural control can be the start to many of our aches and pain. Poor posture can arise from bad habits, underactive muscles, tension in muscles and even aging and can affect the work we do and the efficiency of our work
Luckily enough posture can simply be fixed by small changes to lifestyle.
First let’s look at the typical symptoms of bad posture.
Forward head lean
Lower back pain (can be seated or standing)
Shoulder pain or muscle fatigue
What causes bad posture?
For the majority of individuals, bad posture comes from bad habits resulting in underactive muscles. Whether it be standing or sitting, bad posture arises from how we recruit muscle fibres to maintain a neutral spine position. Over time when we start to neglect muscles, we compensate by recruiting other muscles to help with maintaining a neutral posture. This may lead to fatigue and tension.
How to improve posture?
Stretches may help to ease the symptoms of bad posture
Regular exercise to help preserve the recruitment and utilisation of postural muscles
Strengthening core muscles to build a strong foundation for sitting and standing posture
Taking breaks to correct posture when fatigue and tension builds
Seek help and management from a health professional such as a chiropractor