This week we are going outside the box (figuratively) and looking at practical ways to improve postural strength and stability to prevent upper thoracic disc issues, shoulder issues, and low back pain. The example in this video is a musician, but these techniques are also great for firefighters, military personnel, or anyone else who who carries loads on their back or around their neck for extended periods of time.
The importance of good posture and postural strength
Basically posture refers to the positioning of the body with respect to the force of gravity. Whether we are standing, sitting or lying down, gravity exerts force to our body’s joints and muscles. Good posture is important not only to prevent you from having back pain but also builds confidence in yourself.
When you have a good posture, you will likely to have better health as it also improves circulation and digestion. Good posture also helps the bones and joints in correct alignment so that the muscles will be used correctly. This will reduced the stress of our spinal joints, muscle strain, overuse disorders and even back and muscular pain.
We have been taught on how to have good posture and how to stand straight. In this video above, Dr Teresa showed you how to fix the posture of the musician. When playing an instrument for a longer period of time, it will likely make our shoulders to slouch as the instrument becomes heavy over time. Not only that, we will feel the pain as well after playing and that’s not good!
Here in Movement Rx, we always make sure that you enjoy your hobby while keeping your health! In order to do that, you need to have a good posture. Sitting and standing with proper postural alignment will allow one to work more efficiently and being aware of good posture is the first step to breaking old poor postural habits and reducing stress.
Visit us in Movement Rx is you want some help on how to have good posture 🙂