Good posture is the correct alignment of your body when standing or sitting. The key to good posture is all about the positioning of your spine and pelvic floor. Your spine has three natural curves; at your neck, mid back, and low back. Correct posture should maintain these curves rather than exacerbate them. Your head should be above your shoulders, and the top of your shoulder should be over the hips. Whether you are moving or at rest, ensuring that you hold your body correctly can prevent pain, injuries, and numerous other health problems and conditions.
Benefits of good posture:
Reduce lower back pain
Fewer tension headaches
Less tension on your shoulders and hips
Decreased risk of abnormal wearing of the joint surfaces
Increased lung capacity
Increased digestion and improved circulation
Keeping core and upper back muscles active and engaged
Increased energy levels
How can physio help with creating good posture and posture correction?
Having good posture is all about ensuring sufficient muscle strength and correct alignment. Physiotherapists have an in-depth understanding of how tissues and joint structures work together and can recommend stretches and exercises to correct undue stress on these parts of the body.
While there are many ways we can help you with posture issues in the clinic, a significant part of your treatment will include a home exercise program. Exercises can include focused stretches, core strengthening exercises, pelvic floor tilt rehabilitation and various other exercises depending on needs and desired results. Doing these exercises, even just 3-5 times a day, can make a significant difference in your posture and how you feel.
Lastly, cognition of your behaviours is an essential factor in breaking the habit of poor posture. Our team can provide you with at-home regimens and guidance for ensuring you maintain correct posture while working and doing everyday activities.
Need help with your posture? Give us a call at 780.438.0001 or book online, and one of our dedicated physiotherapists will get you on the right track to achieve your goals!