Pro-Active PT: How Posture Affects Back and Neck Pain

WHAT CAN GOOD POSTURE DO FOR YOU?

Of course, there are ways that you can improve your posture at home, as well. Here are several strategies that are typically helpful: • Try to stand tall whenever you are standing or walking. Hold your head high and square your shoulders, but more importantly work on being the tallest version of yourself. Hunching over is the leading cause of poor posture. • Use support when you sit to keep your posture correct. Lumbar support in office chairs and car seats will help a bit, but for improved posture you may need to add additional cushioning that will help you keep your back straight. • Be mindful of how you lift heavy objects. Keep your shoulders square and your chest forward. When lifting something that is over 50lbs it is important to take extra care. Lead with your hips and try to keep the weight close to your body. Lifting something improperly can lead to injury to your neck or back, which may make proper posture uncomfortable. There are a lot of benefits of having good posture. Aside from saying goodbye to neck or back pain, improving your posture can provide several unexpected benefits to your lifestyle and personal well-being. Here are a few of the additional benefits of having good posture: • Proper posture creates quality exercise for your core and back • Improved respiratory health • Added protection for your organs, bones, joints and muscles • Reduced risk of arthritis

If you are experiencing chronic neck and back pain, there is a good chance that it could be related to your posture. Contact your physical therapist to learn more about how you can take steps to start improving your posture today.

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Improve Posture In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing poor posture.

MILLION DOLLAR DIP

INGREDIENTS • 5 green onions, chopped  • 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise  • 1/2 cup bacon bits  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

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While lying face down, slowly raise your chest upwards and off the ground. Then lower slowly back to the ground. Repeat 10 times.

INSTRUCTIONS Add green onions, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, bacon bits, and slivered  almonds to a small bowl. Mix until combined and chill for at least 2 hours. Serve with your favorite crackers. 

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