Posture Correction Tips

Posture Correction

Article by John Miller

What is Good Posture?

Posture Correction

Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or laying down. Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions of a minor strain.

Good posture makes you look great, feel more energetic and project confidence. It also helps prevent injury and reduce pain.

We all want good posture. But it can be so hard to achieve if you have poor posture. That’s because acquiring good posture involves not only learning new movements and positions but changing life-long habits as well.

How to Improve Posture

Just knowing how to correct your posture is not enough to achieve a change in your actual habit. Our body uses learnt motor patterns to perform everyday activities. When you sit, stand, walk or move – your body follows previously known motor patterns. If your body has learned to slouch – that’s what it will do.

Your Posture Assessment

The first step to discovering how to correct your posture is to have your posture type assessed. Your physiotherapist is an expert at posture assessment.

Posture Tips

To achieve good posture, you need to have:

  • Typical Joint Range of Motion. If you have stiff spinal joints, they will need loosening to allow you to achieve proper posture alignment.
  • Normal Muscle Length. If your muscles are too tight, you won’t be able to attain a healthy posture. Your muscles will need to be stretched and relaxed.
  • Good Muscle Strength. Your muscle needs to be able to pull you into the correct posture.
  • Excellent Muscle Endurance. Your muscles need to be able to work for hours on end. Poor endurance is a significant factor in habitual poor posture.
  • Normal Nerve Extensibility. Yes. Your neural tissue needs enough length to allow for healthy posture.
  • Good Spatial Awareness. You need to know where you are in space. If you are not sure “how you should feel” with good posture, what hope have you got for achieving it? Your physiotherapist can provide you with verbal and visual feedback. Plus, they can asset you at home with postural taping or a postural brace.
  • Perfect Posture Habits. The hardest part is the initial change. After that, you are merely reinforcing the correct habit, which will become your healthy ideal posture.

Who Can Help You Achieve Good Posture?

Your physiotherapist is the ideal health professional to identify your posture style and provide you with hands-on treatment, posture correction exercises and helpful home products to achieve great posture again! And, you’re never too old to start. It just gets harder to change your old ways.

Would you please seek professional advice from your physiotherapist regarding WHY you have poor posture and tips for HOW you can correct your posture?

Posture Corrector / Posture Brace / Posture Support

Your physiotherapist will generally recommend some flexibility treatment to allow you to attain the best posture, plus some posture muscle strengthening exercises. They may also utilise posture taping or a posture corrector brace to re-educate your postural muscles. Their design is to encourage the activation of your postural muscles.

Posture supports are passive devices that support your muscles. They act upon your body to provide a postural prop. Posture supports include lumbar supports and rolls used mainly during sitting.

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