Good posture is essential to both the body and mind. One of the biggest issues caused by bad posture is back pain and neck pain. Good posture allows the body to align its self and eliminate both conditions. Most of the time bad posture is accumulated over years of bad habits that neglect proper posture. Here are some tips to help with posture.
While neck and back pain are the most common conditions associated with bad posture, bad posture could be the cause of numerous other conditions as well. Many injuries to knees, hip, and ankles can be traced back to bad posture.
The road to good posture beings with understanding what good posture is. Using a mirror observe your posture. Then adjust your posture to a position where your back is straight, your shoulders are squared, chin is up, chest is out, stomach is in similar to the stand of military solders standing at attention just not quite as exaggerated.
In the mirror align your ears loosely above your shoulders, and your shoulders above your hips. This position should not be uncomfortable or create excess pain. If you fell pain check to make sure your stance is not straightening the natural s curve in your back. If that is not the case and you still are having pain schedule an exam with your doctor to insure that there are no medial issues that need to be addressed. If you are not having any pain then your body is aligned.
Proper posture also includes training your muscles to support your proper posture. Good posture is supported by the upper back and shoulders muscles. Training those muscles to support your posture without thinking about it.
Stretching is another way to train muscles to support proper posture. Sitting long periods of time can cause neck and back pain and if your job requires a lot of sitting stretching can benefit the body. Stretching your head and neck in all four directions can help to relieve minor neck pain. If neck pain server consult a doctor and do not stretch the muscles in the neck until approved by the doctor.
Yoga is great for posture and benefits general health as well. Yoga works the core muscles building strength from within the body helping to keep the body aligned. Yoga also helps with balance that will allow you to maintain posture while walking.
Although often over looked good posture not only helps you look better it helps you feel better as well. People who utilize proper posture experience less pain on average. A well-aligned bod increases blood flow and that can help with cognitive abilities, and mood. So it is safe to say that staring and maintaining proper posture can keep you looking good, feeling good, and thinking good even as the aging process continues. Poor posture can lead to the lumbar region of the back becoming deformed later in life. Starting good posture in your youth is best albeit it is never too late to think about forming good posture habits.