with Zach Bruton, Exercise Physiologist
WHAT IS POSTURE AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Put simply, posture is how you balance your body. It describes how your body is positioned when you are standing, sitting, lying down, even exercising. Good posture means the force of gravity is evenly distributed through your body so that no particular structure is overstressed. Poor posture means an increased wear and tear on your joints and muscles due to an uneven distribution of gravity. Poor posture can cause back and neck pain, spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration and
a pot belly. Posture is not just how you look but it can actually affect how long and how well you live. People who move well and have good posture age better!
WHAT AFFECTS POSTURE?
Factors such as occupation, recreational activities, obesity, modern technology, personality/emotions, and any trauma or injury you may sustain throughout your life, be it physical or emotional, can affect your posture. Given the many factors influencing posture it is no surprise that the majority of people will at some point in their life experience some kind
of musculoskeletal dysfunction or
pain as a result of poor posture.
HOW CAN YOU IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE?
Being mindful of your posture is a good start! Undergoing a full postural analysis from an Accredited Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist can be beneficial in identifying any postural imbalances/deviations. Strengthening of certain muscles. such as mid and lower back, shoulder setting, deep core muscles and gluteus medius is often required, while soft tissue therapy (massage), self myofacsial release (foam rolling) and stretching may be necessary for other muscles such as chest, hip flexors and hamstrings. More often than not it requires a combined approach incorporating healthy eating, exercise, posture awareness and some lifestyle changes. If you would like more information regarding posture and exercise, healthy eating, lifestyle modifications or massage please call us or come in and see us at Suncoast Health & Wellness.