Perfect Posture is Dynamic
Is there such a thing as perfect posture? The latest research shows that it’s actually more beneficial to think about your posture as dynamic, not static. In other words, your ideal posture is constantly changing and evolving. Think of your posture as a dynamic pattern of responses, reflexes, and habits, not just a fixed position.
Gravity, your work environment, and your body’s anatomy all play essential roles. For instance, sitting for hours at a time staring at a computer screen is a perfect example of a damaging static posture that, over time, can lead to the development of chronic forward head posture.
Forward head posture affects millions of people who spend their days using computers and can potentially cause pain and degenerative changes in your spinal joints. It places stress on the neck and shoulders and weakens the supporting muscles.
Here’s what you need to know…
If you spend long hours each day in a single position – like sitting at a computer – it’s important to take the time to take periodic breaks to stretch and move your body. Remember, posture is dynamic, and stretching can help “reset” your posture but also help keep your spine healthy and your energy levels up!
Scheduling a posture and movement assessment with us is also a great idea to help ensure you remain as pain-free as possible no matter how you spend your days. Just give us a call!
How to Improve Your Posture
When discussing posture, we often refer to your body’s overall position as you stand, sit, or lie down. Most experts would agree that a “good” overall posture involves physical positions that reduce stress on the body by balancing the load placed on the muscles and ligaments that support the spine.
If you’ve looked in the mirror and noticed that your posture doesn’t look as balanced as you’d like – not to mention it doesn’t feel as balanced as you’d like – you may be wondering what you can do to improve it.
One of the best ways to improve your posture is through motion. Changing positions frequently during the day, stretching, and specific postural exercises are all ways to improve your posture. Good posture helps you keep your bones and joints balanced, which helps reduce the wear and tear on your joints and decrease the strain on the ligaments that support your spine.
Here are some key takeaways:
Remember that stretching and exercising are essential when creating a plan to improve your posture.
Equally important is knowing where to start. Our postural and movement assessments can help you determine the best strategy to help balance and improve your posture, especially if you’ve been living with pain.
It all starts with a phone call. We’re standing by and ready to help!
How Your Smartphone Impacts Your Posture
Believe it or not, many of us spend 3 hours or more per day on our smartphones. That adds up to over 1,000 hours each year! And the positions we tend to hold our heads in while using our devices can be, well… damaging. You are damaging to your posture and damaging to your spine.
It’s not surprising that over the past few years, an uptick in these awkward positions has led to an increase in head and neck pain. It’s estimated that tilting your head forward, even just 15 degrees, can triple the weight of your head on your neck. Tilting your head forward 60 degrees can increase the stress and strain on your neck ten times over.
Repeating this forward head posture repeatedly can result in pain, stiffness, dysfunction, headaches, and more – a group of symptoms often referred to as “Tech Neck.” The good news about postural stress and “Tech Neck” is that simple routine changes can help reduce your risk of experiencing pain.
Here’s what you need to know:
Reducing your “Tech Neck” symptoms involves more than just changing the angle you look at your phone. Proper ergonomics and regular stretching and exercise all play significant roles in helping you continue to enjoy your favorite devices without those nagging pains.
If you’ve been living with “Tech Neck” and are ready to take action, you’ve come to the right place!
Our expert team is prepared to help evaluate your ergonomics and provide a plan of action complete with personalized recommendations that will help make it easy for you to maintain a more balanced posture for years to come.
Posture: Balancing Strength and Flexibility
Both strength and flexibility play a significant role in how your posture develops. For instance, a strong and flexible core helps the body dynamically adapt to every environment. The spine is supported and moves well, reducing the possibility of injury or pain. While it’s true that “perfect” postures may not exist, improving our strength, flexibility, and ergonomics goes a long way toward improvement.
Your body is dynamic and designed to move, but over time, it may feel less dynamic than it used to! Getting into a wellness routine with exercises focusing on strength and flexibility is a smart way to keep your body feeling young while promoting good posture – a true win-win.
Strengthening exercises can help develop proper support for your joints and decrease overall postural stress. Incorporating stretches and exercises focusing on flexibility will help your body maintain its ability to move through its full range of motion.
Did you know…
Remember, postural stress can add up over time.
Just because you’re not currently in pain doesn’t mean that everything is functioning at its highest level or that your daily wellness routine is as optimized as possible.
Our team specializes in posture and provides comprehensive individualized care plans – adjustments, stretches, exercises, and all!
Schedule an appointment today if you’d like to learn more about how we’re helping the people in your community achieve an ideal balance of strength, posture, and flexibility.
Our doors are open, and we’re here for you.
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by Christopher Freytag, D.C.