DOAR_How Posture Affects Back and Neck Pain

IS YOUR POSTURE HURTING YOUR HEALTH?

Ithelpspreventosteoarthritis. Withpoorposture, unnaturalpressure isplacedonyour joints leading towearand tear.This in turncan lead toarthritis. Good posture gives your joints the chance to function at their best. It helps you use your muscles more efficiently. Withyourbonesand joints incorrectalignment, you are likely to feel more energetic since your body will require less energy to move about. It can have a dramatic impact on the way you feel. When you hold yourself in good posture, rather than a slumped one, you send signals to your brain that makes you feel happier and more confident. Making simple changes in your daily habits can improveyourpostureandreduceyourpain.Postural restoration with Physical Therapy helps the body recruit the right muscles for the task at hand, improvingpainandfunction.Ourexpertshaveyears of clinical training in reducing back and neck pain associated from poor posture.

See our physical therapists for: • Recent injury • Nagging aches and pains • Back and neck pain • Joint pain and movement problems • Walking or balance difficulties

Get Up and Move

Improve Posture In Minutes Try this movement if you feel you have poor posture.

SCAPULAR RETRACTION Hold your hands behind your back and slowly raise them off your back in a backward direction. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat 6 times. Strengthens Back & Improves Posture

One good tip to improve posture and ergonomics, especially for people who work sitting in an office chair for most of the day. Get up and move. As muscles tire, slouching, slumping, and other poor postures become more likely; this in turn puts extra pressure on the neck and back. In order to maintain a relaxed yet supported posture, change positions frequently. One way is to take a break from sitting in an office chair every half hour for two minutes in order to stretch, stand, or walk.

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