Turns out your mother was right. Standing up straight IS good for you. If you have been a patient at Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, there are two things you will always hear us say; the first is Move and the second is Good Posture is Important.
Good posture, however, is easier said than done. There are many factors that go into achieving good posture, which is really a rather general term. Suffice it to say, good posture means good health. Good posture starts with proper alignment whether you are standing, sitting, exercising, and yes even sleeping. Let’s not forget all the time spent on a smartphones and tablets.
Good posture also focuses on strengthening the smaller muscles on your body. They need to be working properly to sustain your activity through the day to help reduce pain and lead to better movement.
Over the years, many of us have picked up some bad habits when it comes to good posture. We get that and know that changes to correct those bad habits are not made over night. Simply being aware of how you stand, sit, and exercise and then relate it to pain you may be feeling can be a motivating factor in starting to make small changes, or at least seek help from a health professional or your physical therapist.
The good new is it’s never too late to start. We are here to help.