HOW POSTURE AFFECTS NECK & BACK PAIN
Of course, there are ways that you can improveyourpostureathome, aswell.Hereareseveralstrategies that are typically helpful: • Try to stand tall whenever you are standing or walking. Hold your head high and square your shoulders,butmore importantly workonbeingthetallestversion of yourself. Hunching over is the leading cause of poor posture. • Usesupportwhenyousittokeep your posture correct. Lumbar support in office chairs and car seats will help a bit, but for improved posture you may need toaddadditionalcushioningthat will help you keep your back straight. • Be mindful of how you sit at your computer or when you are using your phone. When sitting atyourcomputer,work tosit tall soyourearsarealignedoveryour shoulders and you have a slight downward gaze at your screen. When using your phone, hold yourphoneupatneareyelevel. If youfindthatyouarelookingdown at your phone, you may develop “text neck”, a condition where youmaydeveloppain intheback of the neck and shoulders from havingyourhead too far forward looking down.
What can Good Posture do for You? Therearea lotofbenefitsofhaving good posture. Aside from saying goodbye to neck or back pain, improvingyourposturecanprovide severalunexpectedbenefitstoyour 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 •Addedprotection foryourorgans, If you are experiencing chronic neckandbackpain,there isagood chance that it could be related to yourposture.Contactyourphysical therapist to learn more about how youcantakestepstostart improving your posture today. Contact us today (San Anselmo: 415-457-4454, Novato: 415-898-1311) to start your journey to increase core strength and finally say “goodbye” to pain in your neck and back. bones, joints and muscles •Reduced risk of arthritis
M A I N T A I N EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS TRY THIS EXERCISE TO HELP POSTURE
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SittingPosture Sitonasturdychair and scoot your hips forward. Place your feet flat on the floor. Tip your pelvis slightly forward. Straighten your spine until your ears are directly over your shoulders and your shoulders are over your hips. Draw your shoulder blades gently back and together. Tuck your chin. Stretch up tall; imagine a string attached to the top of your head, pulling you up to your full height.
your neck and back • Prevent osteoarthritis • Use your muscles more efficiently • Help you feel happier and more confident
• Increase back and abdominal muscle strength • Improve breathing & optimal lung function • Reduce risk of pain on other areas such as
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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.
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