Bottom Line: Is Posture Important?
“Sit up straight and stop slouching!” You’ve likely heard this since childhood, but is there such a thing as perfect posture? The answer is a bit complicated. The latest research shows a “balanced” or “dynamic” posture may be more important than “perfect posture.” We are also discovering that our ability to change positions and move may be more critical than our static position while standing or sitting.
Why it Matters: How Does Posture Effect You?
Your posture is made up of a dynamic pattern of responses, reflexes, and habits, not a single position. Gravity, your work environment, and your anatomy all play a role. For instance, sitting for hours on end staring at a computer screen is a perfect example of an imbalanced and challenged posture as a result of ergonomics. Over time, this imbalance can lead to forwarding head posture, which can cause pain and even degenerative changes in your joints. Forward head posture affects millions of people who spend their days using computers. It places stress on the neck and shoulders and weakens the supporting muscles.
- Forward head posture affects millions and results in neck pain for up to 75% of people.
- Neck pain, tension, stiffness, and tenderness are all signs of chronic forward head posture.
- Trapezius strengthening has shown to provide clinically significant relief for those struggling with neck pain as a result of forwarding head posture.
Next Steps: How can our St. Louis Park Office Help You?
Strength and flexibility play a significant role in your posture. Having good core strength and balancing that strength with flexibility can help you dynamically adapt to your environment. While “perfect” posture may not exist, each one of us has an opportunity to improve our strength, flexibility, and ergonomics to reduce our likelihood of experiencing pain. If you spend your days looking at a computer or sitting all day, let us know. If you live in Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, or the surrounding areas, our chiropractic practice is the top place to receive care. We’ll be happy to recommend a care plan to help you balance the effects of all that screen time. Give us a call today or schedule online. We are confident we will get you feeling better in no time!
Effects of Lower Trapezius Strengthening Exercises on Pain, Dysfunction, Posture Alignment, Muscle Thickness, and Contraction Rate in Patients with Neck Pain; Randomized Controlled Trial. Medical Science Monitor 2020