Posture, Movement and Back Pain
Good posture is particularly important now that our way of life doesn’t support natural good posture very well. We do less exercise, sit still in front of TVs and computers, and spend a lot of time sitting in traffic jams.
But our bodies are built for moving. Staying still for long periods is difficult and stressful for us.
Its not surprising that back pain is rampant in our country about 60% of adults.
If you are seriously worried about your posture, seek professional help.
Strengthening and Exercise
Undoubtedly your ability to stand naturally can be affected by how well your muscles and joints are working. Keeping fit and flexible will help your posture.
Strengthening and Exercise
Slouching every once in a while is absolutely fine, unless it hurts your back. It only becomes a problem if you slouch all the time, i.e. it has become a permanent habit. Keep your slouch for special occasions!
Slouching in the lower back puts quite a bit of weight on your sacrum and tailbone (coccyx) and this shouldn’t be repeated too often. If you’re going to develop a habit, develop a habit of sitting on your sitting bones.
“Stand Up Straight”:
Some of the traditional advice by parents & well wisher on posture is not that good. Infect it is not so easy to give good advice about posture.
- If a person has injuries or weaknesses in their body structure, it may cause further damage to tell them to “stand up straight”. A deeply-curved upper back should not be asked to stand up straight, particularly not if the sufferer has fused vertebrae or a condition such as osteoporosis
- Posture is partly an expression of our emotional state howow anxious parents, friends, medics and teachers say “Stand Up Straight,” how and when advice is given, can have a huge impact on a person’s posture– before you even get to the advice itself
- Human backs are not straight (and shouldn’t be!) A spine naturally has four curves, in the neck, upper back, lower back and buttock. “Stand up straight” is anatomically inaccurate. Your spine is your body’s suspension system, and the curves in your spine, much like the springs in a car’s suspension, ensure that the body’s delicate systems don’t get a shock at each step we take
- “Stand up straight” sounds like it’s about “looking good.” Well, people who use their bodies well often look wonderful, but not everyone who is bent over is “lazy” or has something that can be remedied simply by following postural advice. And not everyone who looks “straight” is free from back pain. You can get back pain from being “over-straight” as well
- It is easy to set up muscle conflict and tension with well-meant advice. If my awareness of my posture is poor, asking me to stand up straight will not improve it. It may lead to “stand up straight” being overlaid on my habitual “poor posture”, so that I have some muscles pulling me into a slouch, and others pulling me upright, simultaneously. Two wrong and opposing sets of directions to the muscles where before there was only one!