Pearson Physical Therapy, P.C.

There is No "Perfect Posture"

Posture related back problems are one of the top reasons for a trip to the doctor's office. However, simply standing up straight with your shoulders pulled back won't fix your posture problems. More often than not, the root cause is physiological. 

  • Lack of flexibility
    • Tight hip muscles pull your upper body forward
    • Tight chest muscles pull you shoulders forward
  • Lack of strength
    • ​Weak core muscles encourage slumping upper body posture
    • Forward leaning upper body posture impacts your balance

The human body is not built to remain folded up for most of the day. As technology has progressed, we spend more and more time stationary, in less than ideal positions. Me sitting here writing this newsletter, you sitting there reading this newsletter (sorry), we're perfect examples. 

Now, there's certainly nothing wrong with sitting down and relaxing. Whether it's a book or a cell phone, the position is same. The issue arises when you spend most of your work day sitting or standing stationary with less than ideal posture, then go home and continue that same trend. 

Think! Are you sitting upright or are you slouched down? 
Are your shoulders rolled forward? 
When was the last time you stretched your hip flexors and hamstrings?

Bad habits play a part in poor posture, but ultimately it's physiological. That's why simply remembering now and again to "sitting up straighter" won't fix the problem. You need better flexibility and improved strength to improve your body's balance and stability. That's where physical therapy can come in with a customized exercise and stretching program. You'll find that the improvement in your posture will help with balance, headaches, and many other problems!

"Sit up straight!"It's a timeless piece of advice that you've most likely heard from an older relative. But as ceaseless as the reminders may seem, posture is important to your overall health.

There are the obvious implications of poor posture, such as back and neck pain. However, balance and even your ability to breathe properly can be affected.

A 21st Century Problem