Why is it important to have good posture?
Do you have headaches, neck pains or back pains often? Poor posture may be the cause.
Why good posture is important?
Good posture is the foundation for the functioning of the body. Benefits of good posture are that when the posture is good in all positions, the back is subject to load as evenly as possible.
A person with a good posture can use his muscles effectively when sitting, walking, and even lifting goods. Good posture prevents back pain and many other ailments.
What causes poor posture?
Poor posture is usually caused by muscle imbalances, which can be symptomatic with various pains and might restrict movement. Posture is also affected by body tension, muscle weakness and various diseases.
Many are, for example, working with computers, ie their working position is strongly oriented towards forward. In this case, special attention should be paid to work ergonomics and position control.
How do I know if my posture is good or bad?
Typical signs of poor posture include work-related headaches, neck pain and lower back pain. Sometimes poor posture may also be felt as a shoulder or muscle fatigue.
The best treatment result in posture problems is often the co-operation between a physician, a physiotherapist and the client. If pain is hampering everyday life, it is often necessary before physiotherapy or in support of medical prescription analgesics. Medicines rarely take away the cause of pain, and here again physiotherapy usually has a lot to do.
In recent years, in some hospitals, a so-called physiotherapeutic direct reception has been introduced, so that the client can have a direct access to a physiotherapist who can first check the situation and, if necessary, directed it to a doctor and further research. The experiences of this have been mainly positive.
Will physiotherapy help if posture is bad?
It is important to pay attention to two things: to find out which things have deteriorated client’s posture and, on the other hand, to evaluate, together with a physician or physiotherapist, how to improve the situation.
Physiotherapy posture correction
The key to improving the posture is holistic. A physiotherapy client often receives a training program for his / her home. The instruction may be, for example certain movements for two to three times a week for half an hour or an hour. This alone often does not correct the situation.
Better results can be obtained if, in addition to doing the exercises, the client identifies situations that are bad for posture and think about how these situations can be changed.
It's worth doing a daily routine on training. One hour workout can still split into four parts a day. Quite often repeated short-term stretching is usually enough.
How do I create a perfect posture?
In physiotherapy, there are many ways to choose the most appropriate way, depending on the situation. Ranged mobility can be increased by so-called passive treatments such as soft tissue treatment or muscle stretching. Posture and position control management can also be taught, while full-body mirroring is often effective.
For the success of physiotherapy, the customer's own activity and motivation are essential.
How can muscles be strengthened?
The structure of each human spine is unique. What you can do is strengthen muscles and stretch. Gym training, resistance rubber grips, kettlebell training and, for example, body weight training are all workable things. Jogging is also better than staying in place.
A particularly good activity in terms of posture is rowing. If the summer cottage has a rowing boat, it is worth to dig it up, and at the gym the exercise bike is also good to swap sometimes to the rowing machine.
There is no shortcut to happiness in improving your posture, so it's important that exercises becomes a habit. The principle is the same as in weight loss: if there is no illness or permanent disability in the background, results will be achieved, but it requires patience and repetitions.
Bad posture side effects?
For example, bad posture side effects are rheumatism, ankylosing spondylitis or osteoporosis.
The cause is not always corrected because of the underlying disease or illness despite the training. This is due to the need for good mobility for the strengthening and activation of the muscles, and sometimes the illness can only weaken mobility. In this case, a realistic goal can be to maintain the situation, ie to prevent further degradation.
What does the muscle balance mean for posture?
Relationship between strength and stretch of the active muscles. In a balanced body, the muscles are activated and loaded in the correct order, so that the force is directed correctly on the supporting joints, and the ligaments that support the joints are not overstretched. Muscle balance changes into a muscle imbalance if the strength and stretch ratios are disturbed too much.
How does age affect posture?
Age can bring in diseases that affect posture. However, the more important factor is the electrification of the society, which affects everyone. This is reflected in the low mobility and the shift of many jobs to static seating.
It is important for people of all ages to move and exercise enough. For older people posture can be weaken by the muscle loss, which can make it difficult to move. For example, gym training may slow down the muscle loss considerably.
What kind of issues should you pay attention to during an office work day?
Take care of breaks, position control, and good ergonomics.
Keep in mind that even if the workstation is modern, important is how to sit. Do not let go or "cast" one by one in the chair, but be aware of the good posture and the sitting position on both sides of the body.
If necessary, you can put the cell phone alarm clock on to alert you to stretching: a few minutes stretching and changing the position prevent your body muscle tension.