Maintaining Good Posture…

July 14, 2018Comments Off on Maintaining Good Posture…

POSTURE

Physiotherapists like to preach about good posture, but what is good posture and how can we achieve it?

Posture refers to the positions we hold our limbs and trunk in at any one time. Posture can refer to static positions (eg. sitting, standing or lying down) or dynamic (eg. walking, sports and daily activities). How we hold ourselves during any activity or rest, is thought to have an impact on the amount of strain our joints and muscles are placed under and ultimately our comfort and performance. ‘Poor’ postures are therefore the postures which are thought of as placing unnecessary strain on our bodies and ‘good’ postures as those which reduce the strain.

Here are some tips to practice good postures every day:

* When sitting, try to ensure you sit right back in your seat to ensure adequate back support and place both feet flat on the floor. Imagine a piece of string coming up from the crown of your head drawing you up towards the ceiling to lengthen up through your spine. Relax your shoulders away from your ears, keeping them open across your collar bones.

* In standing, again imagine the piece of string lengthening you up through the crown of your head and another piece of string drawing your tailbone down towards the floor. Shoulders should be relaxed away from your ears and open across the collar bones. Try drawing your shoulder blades together and slightly down towards your lower back to achieve this open shoulder position. Draw your tummy muscles in gently and stand with your weight evenly spread through both legs, feet hip distance apart.

* Once you have practiced good standing posture, try incorporating these elements into walking.

* If you are involved in a sport, it may be a good idea to get someone to check your technique to ensure you are maintaining a good posture for that specific sport.

With all static postures, it doesn’t matter how good your posture is, you still need to make sure you are moving around regularly to avoid getting stiff.

For more information or coaching on good posture, call 01413530906 today to speak with or book an appointment with one of our physiotherapy staff. Appointments available across our 5 clinical sites – Glasgow West End (G3), Mosspark (G52), Clarkston (G76), Newton Mearns (G77), & Kirkintilloch (G66).