KerrvillePT: Improve Spine Health By Improving Posture

Health & Wellness

July, 2020



Your body was made to move, especially your spine. It is common for areas of your spine to tighten up, placing too much strain on other areas. When this happens, those areas can become irritated and painful. A common reason why this happens is due to poor posture. Posture plays a large role in our everyday lives. How you sit, stand, stretch, and lift all play a role in the pressures on your spine. Fortunately, Kerrville Physical Therapy Center can help ease some of this physical stress. Specialized hands- on techniques and exercises can help restore the flexibility in your spine and improve your posture. Our dedicated physical therapists can also provide you with helpful lifestyle changes for improving your posture and spine health. Contact our office today to learn more! What can I do to 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 coremuscles aremade 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 hipmuscles 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.

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