HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY POSTURE?
When standing, walking, and sitting, imagine a string pulling you up through the top of your head. This brings your neck, shoulders and back into better alignment. Sitting is the position that puts the most pressure on the lower back. It is important to break up your sitting time throughout the day and take frequent breaks. Work in standing or walking tasks at various times throughout the day, limiting your sitting to about 30 minutes at a time. It is also important to make sure your core muscles are strong, as this is an integral part of practicing proper posture. Your core muscles are made up of your abdominal muscles, spinal muscles, and pelvic/hip muscles. It is very common for these muscles to become weak with prolonged sitting, before/ after pregnancy, and after surgeries or injuries. Strengthening your abdominal and hip muscles can go a long way to providing the necessary muscle support to your spine. Consult with one of our dedicated team members today to discuss how our individualized treatment plans can provide you with the best core exercises for your needs. PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP Most spine pain comes from the following 4 trouble areas: 1. Poor posture and alignment. 2. Lack of knowledge on how to bend, lift, sit, sleep. 3. Lack of muscle strength. 4. Poor flexibility and muscle coordination. By improving posture and core strength, you can relieve some of these troublesome causes. There are a couple key ways that improving posture with your physical therapist can help promote spine health:
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