By: Alena Walrath, PTA
If poor posture has become normal for you, it may be time to see a physical therapist. Good posture involves keeping your back straight and maintaining the natural curve in your spine. Prolonged periods of time in poor postures can have a negative effect on your muscles, create joint imbalances and put unnecessary stress on your spine. So the longer you spend in an incorrect posture, the more difficult it can be to achieve normal posture. This is where physical therapy can help. By strengthening weak postural muscles and improving your flexibility, a physical therapist can help you avoid pain and injury that results from repetitive posture mistakes.
Here are some common examples of daily activities that can lead to poor posture:
- Spending prolonged periods of time at a computer or other technological device (especially if your workstation is not set up properly)
- Slouching when watching television or leaning on your arms when reading or studying
- Bending your neck forward and looking down at your phone, also known as “text neck”
- Not lifting properly
- Carrying heavy bags or backpacks (carrying bags on one shoulder where the weight is not distributed evenly can be particularly problematic)
- Not exercising
If you are experiencing back or neck pain, try paying more attention to your posture. You may be surprised at the impact a few improvements can have on your health.