Posture right exercise class

Did you know that poor posture can cause a number of serious health issues? 
 

If you are looking for an example of good posture, just look at a young child – their back shows a graceful ‘S’ curve and their movements are easy and effortless. As we age, our posture habits such as slouching, sedentary lifestyle and inactivity can worsen our posture, causing muscle fatigue and tension. Poor posture can lead to a number of health issues, such as

  • Back pain

  • Bent knees

  • Spinal dysfunction

  • Join degeneration

  • Body aches and pains

  • Muscle fatigue

  • Headaches

You can improve your posture and spinal health by making a few lifestyle adjustments.

Improve your general posture

Some ways to improve one's posture include:

  • Apply the rule of ‘curve reversal’ – for instance, if you’ve been leaning over your desk, stretch back the other way.

  • Perform stretching exercises two or three times a week to boost muscle flexibility.

  • Exercise regularly to improve muscle strength and tone.

  • Stretch your neck muscles regularly by turning your head from one side to another.

  • Your abdominal muscles support your lower back, so make sure they are in good condition. Do ‘abdominal crunches’ (lie on your back and curl your ribcage and pelvis as close together as possible) rather than straight-backed sit-ups (which exercise the muscles of the hips and thighs).

  • Avoid standing on one foot for long periods of time.

  • Cross your legs at the ankle, rather than the knee.

Maintain good posture

Some tips to maintaining a good posture include:

  • Avoid sitting in soft, squashy chairs.

  • Use lumbar rolls to support your lower back when sitting in regular chairs or driving the car.

  • Switch to ergonomic chairs in the office or for any activity that requires you to sit for long periods of time.

  • Make sure your mattress is supportive enough to keep your spine straight when lying on your side.

  • Use a pillow that supports your neck.

  • Keep your back straight and use your thigh muscles when lifting heavy weights.

We at Active Motion Physiotherapy are equipped to accurately diagnose and address the issue, providing lasting and sustainable results. Book a consultation with our exercise physiologist today to learn how our 8 week Posture Right Exercise Class can transform your posture, and overall health and wellbeing.Book your appointment today !

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