Technology has made our lives easier. Consequently, many jobs and leisure activities revolve around sedentary behavior. Desk jobs are common, and watching TV or playing video games continues to be an easy go-to to relax and unwind.
Unfortunately, this lifestyle has lead to widespread postural issues. We crane our necks forward to stare at the computer screen, TV, or to text back our friends. We hunch forward, ignoring our aching muscles and tissues.
The body functions its best when properly aligned. Good posture means the position in which our muscles, tissues, and joints are under the least amount of stress. Bad posture paves the way toward chronic pain, among other health issues.
As a manual therapist or fitness professional, educating your clients or patients about good posture is necessary. It contributes to good form in exercise and ensure the correct loading of certain muscles and joints during specific movements.
What is good posture?
The spine has 3 natural curves at the cervical spine, thoracic spine, and lumbar spine. Ideally, these curves should exist when in a seated position.
For good posture, instruct your patients to stand or sit up tall and straight - no hunching forward. Their shoulders should be positioned down and back in a relaxed state. Instruct your client to slightly engage their core to support the low back and promote proper alignment. Their head should remain in a neutral position in-line with the rest of their spine.
Education is step 1. The next step is correcting any postural deficits. Exercise can greatly help in this regard. Strengthening and stretching exercises directed at strengthening weak postural muscles and lengthening tight and strained muscles can help correct the problem.
To learn more, sign up for iBody Academy’s Posture & Exercise Correction course today!
To learn more about posture assessment check out the sample online course