Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or laying down. Good posture allows the body to stand, move, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments. Good posture helps us move and function with ease, and hopefully without aches and pains!
We all want good posture... but it can be incredibly difficult to achieve (a definite case of easier said than done!). If you have poor posture (and especially if you've had it for years!) acquiring good posture involves not only learning new movements and positions, but acknowledging that there is not one correct (good) posture. More importantly, good posture is achieved by having a variety of postural motor patterns to dip into - knowing that we have multiple different ways we can sit, stand and lay that will all achieve the same thing! It's a lot of learning, but it definitely IS possible!
How to Correct Your Posture
Just knowing how to correct your posture is not enough to achieve a change in your actual habit. Our body uses learned motor patterns to perform everyday activities. When we sit, stand, walk or move - our body follows previously learned motor patterns which have formed habits that are hard to break. Firstly you'll need to become aware of the postures you're using that are causing unnecessary strain, learn new postures, practice them and then repeat.
Step 1: Posture Assessment
The first step to discovering how to correct your posture is to have your posture assessed. Your physiotherapist is an expert at posture assessment, and will be able to break down the areas in which you can improve. In order to achieve good posture you'll need to have:
There's a big to-do list here which can certainly feel a little overwhelming, but remember it's one step at a time!
Step 2: Formulate a Plan
Once you've assessed where your posture can be improved, your physiotherapist will help you to formulate a plan. They'll provide you with hands-on treatment, posture correction exercises and helpful home products for you to achieve great posture again! And… you're never too old to start! It just gets harder to change your old ways, so why not start now! After all, today is the youngest you'll ever be!
If you're interested in posture correction advice, why not get in touch! Call us on 07 3706 3407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment. Your back, neck, shoulders and will thank you (we promise!).
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