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HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN YOUR POSTURE THROUGHOUT THE DAY? Do you catch yourself slouching frequently? Do those last couple hours of the school or work day leave you hunched over and ready to leave? If you are experiencing aches and pains, especially in your neck or back,poorposture isprobably toblame.Fortunately,posturecanbe improved with the help of physical therapy. Call us today to learn more about how you can improve your posture and lead a pain-free, active life! THE 3 CURVES OF YOUR SPINE: Your spine has 3 curves, which provide support and flexibility, in addition to protecting the nerves running up and down your spine. Your neck and lower back should be gently curved in, while your upper back should be slightly curved out. When you slouch, the spine inyourneckand lowerbackactuallybecomesstraighter,while theupper back becomes excessively curved. This produces a forward-head posture and humped upper back. If your abdominal muscles are weak, you may also experience an excessive arch in your lower back. COMMON POSTURAL ISSUES: Poor posture isn’t anything to be embarrassed about - very few people have perfect posture, and most people

partake in bad posture habits in one way or another. We become so wrapped up in whatever tasks we are doing that we forget to think about the way our bodiesarepositioned. Improperposture isn’tdue to lazinessorapathy; rather, it generally has something to do with a physical weakness within our bodies. Weslouchandslumpwhenwe feeldrainedbecauseourbodies (quite literally) get tiredofholdingusup.Poorposture leads toexcessivestrainonyour joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It also weakens many of the core muscles that are needed in order to keep you upright and healthy. Posture changes occur over time and most people don’t pay attention to them until they begin to notice aches and pains. Even if you exercise regularly, it is possible that there are still a few weak muscles contributing to your posture that you may not even realize. The muscles in your shoulders, back, abdomen, buttocks, and pelvic floor all play an important role in your posture. If even one of these is weak, your core will be affected, and your posture may suffer. Your body is designed to align perfectly, in order to allow for proper movement of the muscles, breathing, and blood circulation. If poor posture continues, it can eventually lead to chronic conditions as you age.

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