What is posture and why is it important?

Posture is all about how we hold our bodies when we are standing, sitting, lying down or moving around doing everyday tasks, hobbies or sport.

“Good posture” is all about being able to provide support for our bodies while placing the least amount of strain on our muscles, joints and ligaments. Having optimal posture works to keeps our joints, muscles, ligaments healthy and helps to prevent injuries and pain. It can also have an overflow affect on our overall general health. Bad posture isn’t necessarily all about bad habits, but can be a result of tight muscles, stiff joints, muscle weakness and/or poor movement patterns.

Being mindful of your posture and the positions we spend time in is often the first step towards making positive changes to your posture.  An awareness of your breathing is also a good way to start your postural awareness.

The strengthening and stretching of certain muscles can help with postural improvements.  Also changing your position frequently throughout the day can be helpful.  If you have a sedentary job or sit for long periods of time at work, make sure you get up and move around frequently.

Top tips for correct sitting posture:

  • Length through your spine from tailbone to head
  • Shoulders back and down
  • Head forward and gentle chin tuck
  • Hips slightly higher than knees
  • Feet flat on the floor

Top tips for correct standing posture:

  • Weight through mid foot and evenly spread over both feet
  • Standing tall with hips in line with shoulders
  • Shoulders back and down
  • Slightly bent knees

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If you’re worried about your posture or have any issues that may be impacting your posture, call us today on 093786890 to make a booking.

 

 

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