Improving poor posture is a conscious effort along with the use of posture correctors or posture correction devices, soft tissue work, balancing, stretching, and strengthening exercises to correct the muscle imbalances.
But, before we talk about the effectiveness of posture correctors, it is important to understand a few points regarding posture, and what really causes poor posture.
Research shows that people who are used to sitting in the office chairs for longer periods, slouched forward, looking at the computer, reading and sending emails, using a cell phone, etc., suffer from several consequential lifestyle disorders (like poor posture) more.
Poor posture can cause mild-to-severe back and neck aches, which, if neglected, can damage the spinal structures.
What is poor posture, and can it be corrected by posture correctors?
Poor posture is when our spine is positioned in an unnatural position in which the spinal curves are emphasized resulting in increased stress on the joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This prolonged poor positioning results in a buildup of pressure in the surrounding soft tissue.
However, when the spine is aligned properly through good posture, it allows the proper stacking of bones, muscles, and ligaments. This leads to better balance and the ability to function normally in our daily activities such as running, walking, standing for long periods, bending, and lifting.
What are the contributing factors to poor posture?
We spend most of our lives in a sitting position, slouched forward, driving, studying, working, and sitting to eat. This has a huge impact on our bodies creating various muscle imbalances. Sitting in the same position for a prolonged period train our muscles to shorten, lengthen, or reshape. This then causes muscle imbalances allowing our body and muscles to be pulled into an incorrect posture.
Factors that lead to poor posture include:
- Sedentary or inactive lifestyle; a lifestyle with a lot of sitting and lying down, with very little to no exercise. There are numerous effects of living a sedentary lifestyle…but this will be a topic for another day…
- Pain or past injuries; when you experience pain in your back or neck muscles or any other part of the body, you tend to overcome the pain by holding your body in a different position
- Prolonged improper sitting positions
- Your job; years of sitting and studying/working slouched at a desk
- Poor ergonomic work area
- Muscle weakness/muscle tightness
- Poor core stability
- Lack of awareness/education of correct posture
How to fix poor posture – can posture correctors help?
Improving poor posture takes a conscious effort along with the use of posture correctors/ posture correction devices, soft tissue work, balancing, stretching, and strengthening exercises to correct the muscle imbalances.
If you’re looking to train yourself to sit and stand with proper posture, your first instinct may be to try one of those posture-correction devices you’ve seen advertised all over social media. But do posture corrector really work? Experts say these devices can be effective if used properly…
There are different types of posture correctors out there. Some are physical correctors, like braces, that manually hold your shoulders and back in alignment.
There are also apps and gadgets on the market that help send you little reminders to stop slouching. (With these, you still have to be the one to fix your own posture.)
Maintaining proper posture throughout the day is key to preventing injuries, reducing neck and back strain, and reducing headaches. Wearing a posture corrector a few hours a day and including posture-specific exercises in your workouts can help you train and strengthen the muscles that support your spine.
a) What to look for in posture correctors:
- Easy to use
- The effectiveness
- Area of support
b) Benefits of Using Back Posture Correctors:
- Improved posture
- Reduced muscle and joint pain
- Increased joint mobility
- Corrected muscle imbalances
- Improved blood circulation
- Reduced stress
- Reduced headaches
- Improved lifestyle
Takeaway: It is very important to use the posture correctors in conjunction with a posture-strengthening exercise routine.
2. Visiting a chiropractic Physician
A chiropractor is a medical professional who is trained to diagnose and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Chiropractors treat patients of all ages; infants, children, and adults. They believe in a conservative (non-surgical) hands-on approach to treating these disorders. Their emphasis is on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.
Most chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of patients as well as to educate them on how they can account for their own health via exercise, ergonomics, and other therapies to treat back pain.
3. Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage relaxes the overworked and sore muscles that resulted from bad posture and allows your body to relax into its natural alignment. The massage therapist will work with you to minimize your pain and correct your posture.
4. Yoga/ daily stretches at home
Many yoga poses assist with alignment correction overall, and there is so much that can improve and even.
There are a number of incredible yoga programs that I would encourage you to check out.
Stretches can include modified planks in which you hold a push-up position while propped up on your elbows or simply tightening your abdominal muscles, pulling your navel in toward your spine.
– Improving poor posture is a conscious effort along with soft tissue work, stretching, and strengthening exercises to correct the muscle imbalances.
– Cut down on activities that have led to poor posture, too. Take breaks from the computer and TV time, and exercise more. You’ll start seeing an improvement in your posture.
– You’ll also have to work on your posture in everyday activities. A simple trick when you’re sitting, even watching TV.
I hope these tips will be of help to you.
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All the best!