When you think of posture, you might think back to when you were a child and your mother told you to sit up straight. Or you may think of the stories from your grandmother about how her teacher made her walk around with a book on her head. You might associate good posture with feeling stiff and robotic. Here at PTOSI, we emphasize posture because of how much it can improve your pain and the stress put on your joints. However, we approach it from the perspective that good posture should not restrict you from movement–rather, it should enhance your movement, making it more efficient. Usually, it should feel comfortable and–with practice- -even natural.
The process of retraining your posture takes time. Like many worthwhile endeavors, it is a habit that will be formed with practice. But the benefits of good posture are worth the effort of making the change.
Easy tips to get you going:
Where should you start? Everyone has different “default” postures, but here are two tips that apply to most people and can help get you going on the way to a healthier, more stable posture:
1) Stand with your weight distributed equally across both feet, and balanced between your heels and the balls of your feet. This helps the load of your body meet the ground more evenly and causes less stress on your joints.
2) Don’t lock your knees while you’re standing. This will keep you from putting stress on other joints, and helps you actually use the muscles of your legs to stabilize you.
If you struggle with back or neck pain, please call and make an appointment with one of our physical therapists to learn more about your posture and how to make changes so you can stand taller, be stronger, and feel better!
Article Written By: Katie O’Neal, PTA