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It’s Time To Straighten Up! HOWPOSTURE AFFECTS NECK & BACK PAIN Working with a physical therapist to improve your posture is a great way to overcome chronic neck and back pain. In physical therapy, you will be guided through a series of stretches and strength building exercises that can help you begin training your body to practice better posture, thereby reducing your back and neck pain. Of course, there areways that you can improve your posture at home, aswell. 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 inoffice 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. • Bemindful of howyou lift heavy objects. Keep your shoulders square and your chest forward. When lifting something that is over 50 lbs 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.
If you want to return to a pain-free, active lifestyle, contact us today to schedule an appointment at 810-695-0750.
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