Monday, June 25, 2018
Courtesy of Russell R Van Hemert DC
Tip to Maintain Good Posture
Why is good posture important?
Good posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities.
Correct posture: • Helps us keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and joint pain. • Reduces the stress on the ligaments holding the spinal joints together, minimizing the likelihood of injury. • Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue. • Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain.
To maintain proper posture, you need to have adequate muscle flexibility and strength, normal joint motion in the spine and other body regions, as well as efficient postural muscles that are balanced on both sides of the spine. In addition, you must recognize your postural habits at home and in the workplace and work to correct them, if necessary.