When maintaining correct posture, the joints, ligaments and muscles of the neck and back are positioned optimally so they are under minimal stress. Maintaining this position reduces the likelihood of back or neck injury, which is vital in today’s society where spinal and postural pain are prevalent. Maintaining correct postural alignment helps those suffering from neck or back pain, by reducing stress on injured structures, thereby speeding healing. Furthermore, this optimal spinal position enables your muscles to generate force more efficiently which improves performance in sporting or recreational activities.
Good posture will actually allow you to feel less strain in your body, and a lightness in arm and back movements. Practicing good postural habits can be hard initially but there are lots of games we can teach you to help train the brain out of bad habits and into new, better posture habits that will make you feel and look better.
It is never too late to improve your posture, and for most of us we will only make the decision to improve our posture because of pain or tension in our bodies. Studies reveal that even people in their 80s and 90s can improve their posture, giving them more mobility, and improving the strain in they feel from bad posture habits.
Please call your Osteopath at Westmead Osteopathic Clinic on (02) 9635 8444 or visit our clinic at 111 Hawkesbury Road in Westmead for more information.