The Importance of Good Posture and How to Get It

Oftentimes, you forget to stand up straight throughout the day or sit without your legs crossed. These may seem like small issues, but the truth is they can have a big impact on your body. You may not know it, but good posture is vital to many of your body's natural processes.

At Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine, our goal is to get your body back in its natural alignment using physical medicine. This type of medicine involves Dr. Mark Conliffe using such approaches as massage therapy, physical therapy, and osteopathic manual medicine. All of these can help you get better posture as well as less muscle and joint pain.

What constitutes good posture?

Posture is something that we often don’t think about during the day. Your posture is the position that the body is held in while lying, sitting, or standing. It’s defined as the proper alignment of your body that’s supported by the correct amount of muscle tension against gravity.

During the day, you don’t actually have to think about how to hold your body, because there are certain muscles that hold it in alignment for you. Two of the most important muscles in maintaining good posture are your hamstrings and the large muscles in your back. 

When you sit or stand for hours on end, you sometimes slouch, which puts your body out of proper alignment. This can put strain on your muscles in your back and neck. Over time this can lead to pain and discomfort.

Posture: Why it's important 

Posture isn’t just something that your mother or your teachers decided to harp on you about for no reason. It actually plays an incredibly big part in your everyday life and can prevent problems in the future. 

Good posture is vital because it helps you to walk, sit, and stand without putting excess strain on your muscles and ligaments. It also allows you to be comfortable in any position you may find yourself throughout the day.

There are also many other reasons that good posture is necessary, other than just being comfortable. Some of these reasons include:

Proper posture also lets your muscles and ligaments work efficiently with less energy use. This can prevent problems such as muscle fatigue. As you can see, good posture has many benefits for the health of your body. 

Although we don’t have to think about holding our body up throughout the day, you can make conscious adjustments to make sure everything is aligned. If you don’t do this and you maintain improper posture for a long period of time, it can cause problems such as:

Bad posture can also affect your balance and wear down your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This can increase your risk of falls and getting injured. However, all hope isn’t lost, as there are ways for you to improve your posture on your own.

How you can improve your posture

If your posture has not been great for a while, it isn’t going to get better overnight. In order for you to improve your posture, you need to make a conscious effort every day to make small adjustments to the way you sit and stand. Here are some tips to help improve your posture when you’re sitting:

You should also make sure that your hips, thighs, and back are supported at all times. There are other ways to improve your posture while you’re standing. This includes:

It’s also important that you put your weight in the front of your feet, instead of on your heels. This keeps the rest of your body in proper alignment. By making these adjustments on a daily basis, you can quickly improve your posture and lessen your chances of pain and other problems later on.

If your posture is suffering and you need help getting straightened out, call our office at 502-771-1012, or book an appointment online today.

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