Sit up straight! Don’t slouch! Bring your shoulders back!
Does that sound familiar? I know that when I was younger (even now) my mom bugs me about my posture and I always ignored it. But posture is very important. Seeing patients complaining of low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, etc most of the time the root to their problem is bad posture.
So what is posture? Posture is the position that you hold your body upright against gravity when in sitting, standing, walking and lying down. Proper posture takes time, work and effort but it’s worth the pain. It makes you look more confident, gives you a few extra inches in height, decreases stress on your neck and back and gives you more energy.
Here’s a quick way you can screen your posture:
So what do you think? How’s your posture? There are ways that we can improve our posture and appearance. Physical therapy and general fitness can help. But the number one thing is being aware your body and remembering the essential components: bringing your shoulders back, keeping your stomach nice and tight, and head upright.
Here’s how your posture can improve your overall appearance and make you look slimmer in the long run:
So these are just the basics. There are so many other components involved with posture that will be discussed next time.
Ciao for now,