Parents and teachers always tell children to keep their back straight. How many times have you heard it yourself? Poor body posture can in fact weaken you back and core muscles with time and lead to pain in the back.
It’s actually rather common for people who sit in front of a computer or behind the wheel for long periods of time. Excess weight, texting, stress and pregnancy are also factors that can add to bad posture.
Why You Should Sit And Stand Straight
Poor posture can make back pain caused by stress and weak muscles flare up. It also places strain on your back, core, shoulders and legs which can increase tension and pain.
As the American Physical Therapy Association cautions: ” Good posture is also good prevention. If you have bad posture, your bones are not properly aligned, and your muscles, joints, and ligaments take more strain than nature intended. Faulty posture may cause you fatigue, muscular strain, and, in later phases, pain.”
It’s not too late to correct your posture, though!
Physio therapist and back skilled Nick Sinfield informed the National Health Institute: “Correcting your posture may feel weird first because your body has become so used to sitting and standing in a certain way. You have to retrain your body to sit and stand properly, this can improve your body awareness and confidence that your back is a strong resilient structure.”
“At first, this may need a little bit of conscious effort and some strengthening and flexibility exercises to fix muscle imbalances. However, with a little practice, great posture will become force of habit and be one step to helping your back in the long term.”
One Exercise To Correct Your Posture
Lie down on your stomach with your face down toward the floor. Gently lift your torso off the ground. Lift as high as is comfortable. Keep your arms at your sides or outward. Do it ten times, holding it for about 5 seconds each time.