Posture Correction Exercise
Posture is the pose in which you hold your body erect against gravity while doing any activity which includes standing, sitting or laying down by training the body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments.
Good Posture makes you look great, feel more energetic and project confidence. It also helps prevent injury and reduce pain. As acquiring good posture involves not only learning new movements and positions, but changing life-long habits its important as well as challenging.
Posture can be corrected:
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.
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 we sit, stand, walk or move – our body follows previously learnt motor patterns. If your body has learned to slouch – that’s what it will do.
To achieve good posture you need to have:
- Normal Joint Range of Motion. If you have stiff spinal joints they will need to be loosened to allow you achieve good posture alignment.
- Normal Muscle Length. If your muscles are too tight you won’t be able to attain a normal 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 able to work for hours on end. Poor endurance is a major factor in habitual poor posture.
- Normal Nerve Extensibilty. Yes. Your neural tissue needs enough length to allow for normal 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? This is where 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 normal perfect posture.
If you need posture correction advice, please contact your physiotherapist.