DURING THE SEASON OF RENEWAL
Spring is the season of renewal, and it's a perfect time to focus on your health goals. As you clean out your home and refresh your surroundings, take some time to consider your body's health as well!
Poor posture can cause a host of health issues, from neck and back pain to headaches and fatigue. But the good news is that physical therapy can help you align your body and reduce pain through posture correction.
THE BENEFITS OF GOOD POSTURE
Proper posture is more than just standing up straight. The alignment of your body allows you to move efficiently and without pain. When you have good posture, your bones and joints are in their natural alignment, which reduces strain on your muscles and ligaments. This alignment also helps to improve your breathing and circulation, reducing fatigue and boosting your energy levels.
COMMON POSTURAL IMBALANCES
Postural imbalances can occur from years of poor habits, injury, or even genetics. Some of the most common postural imbalances include rounded shoulders, forward head posture, an anterior pelvic tilt, and more:
- Forward head posture causes strain on the neck and shoulders.
- An anterior pelvic tilt causes the lower back to arch excessively.
- Kyphosis (round back) results in thoracic spine curvature, causing the shoulders to hunch forward.
- Lordosis (sway back) causes the lower back to arch excessively due to excessive curvature of the lumbar spine.
- Scoliosis causes a sideways curvature of the spine, leading to uneven shoulders, hips, and waist.
PRACTICAL TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR ALIGNMENT
Physical therapy can help you correct postural imbalances, but there are also practical steps to improve your alignment! Try the following:
- Sit with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor, avoiding slouching or leaning forward.
- Do shoulder rolls and chin tucks to help correct rounded shoulders and forward head posture.
- Take regular breaks to stand up, stretch, and move around to help prevent postural imbalances.
- Consider using ergonomic equipment, like a supportive chair or standing desk, to improve your working posture.
HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP
Physical therapy is an effective way to address postural imbalances and reduce pain. A physical therapist will work with you to identify areas of weakness or tightness in your body and develop a personalized plan to improve your alignment.
IMPROVING YOUR POSTURE WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY IN NEW YORK
Don't let poor posture hold you back — take action today to improve your alignment and overall health and enjoy the spring season to the fullest.
If you're experiencing pain or discomfort from poor posture, Lifestyle Physical Therapy is here to help.
Contact us today to schedule a physical therapy appointment and start your journey towards better health — call (212) 577-9313 or request an appointment online!