Everyone, including your grandmother, who always reminded you to sit up straight, knows that good posture is essential. Good posture refers to having a neutral spine, where the muscle groups, joints, and ligaments are aligned in a way that reduces stress on them. It helps keep the body flexible, reduces fatigue, and helps maintain balance.
Just how important is good posture? Scientists and researchers have been investigating that question for years. A growing body of evidence shows multiple problems caused by poor posture, some of which you may find surprising. Not only does poor posture look bad, but it can be bad for our health according to Kale Panetti, NPI-Certified Posture Specialist of The National Posture Institute. Side effects of poor posture may include:
• Back pain
• Increased occurrences of heartburn
• Interference with digestion and constipation
• Cardiovascular health
• Decreased lung compacity
• Migraine headaches and dental issues
Good posture isn’t something we always think about, but now is a good time to start. Sometimes, bad posture comes from muscle and flexibility imbalances. You should practice good posture as much as possible, however simply trying to stand up straighter may not be enough. A Physical Therapist can assess your posture and create a strengthening program that can help to correct this problem.
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