Our Oakville chiropractors are constantly preaching the importance of good posture. Posture is the position we hold our bodies while standing and sitting. Good posture refers to positions that align our spines in a way that keeps them neutral, and creates as little tension between muscle groups as possible. Maintaining a good posture also helps keep the ligaments, that hold our bones in efficient orientations, to do their jobs properly without being constantly stretched into positions that lengthen them and make them less effective.
We have probably all had our mother’s tell us to sit up straight, but is there really any harm to slouching? Yes. When our muscles are being held in lengthened positions (think your midback, when you round your shoulders and hunch over your phone) it causes excess strain that can leave them weaker. Similarly, poor posture can keep other muscles in shortened positions and cause them to become uncomfortable and tight. Our bodies are happiest when they are held in neutral positions and all the muscles work harmoniously together.
Poor posture is a bit of an epidemic in the technology-forward world we live in today. Many people spend hours hunched over their phones and computers for a large portion of the day. Other factors that can contribute to poor posture include stress, obesity, pregnancy and improper ergonomics. The good news is that poor posture can be corrected! Dr. Steve and Dr. Jenn have put together some simple stretches and exercises to help undo the effects of poor posture and keep your spine and muscles as happy as possible!