Most of us will admit our posture could do with a few improvements, but what exactly is posture and how can we improve it? Posture refers to the alignment of the body in positions such as standing, sitting and lying. Imagine a Jenga tower, with all the pieces balanced perfectly!
‘Good’ posture is the ideal alignment which reflects good muscular and skeletal balance against gravity; it requires minimal thought or muscular effort to maintain. Having good posture will allow your muscles to function optimally and decrease your risk of injury. Optimal muscle function will assist to reduce the likelihood of abnormal joint surface wearing which can lead to arthritis and joint pain.
In contrast, ‘poor’ posture is any positioning which deviates from the ideal. It can result in poor balance of the supporting muscles, affecting their function and leading to unnecessary strain, which may cause pain or discomfort. You may already be familiar with some adverse health effects that can be linked to poor posture such as headaches, back pain, spine dysfunction, rounded shoulders, joint degeneration and reduced lung function.
It’s easy to have poor posture become the norm, but ensure to break those bad habits by considering the following tips:
- Participate in a postural and/or ergonomic assessment – a great way to learn about your posture and your ideal workstation arrangement.
- Engage in an exercise program – improving your posture can be as easy as making sure you have good muscular strength and flexibility.
- Practice mindfulness daily – be aware of your body positioning and learn to catch yourself out if you feel yourself reverting back to bad postural habits.
- Be sure to take short breaks from prolonged positioning to reset your ideal body position.
If you are interested in learning more or considering undertaking an ergonomic assessment, visit our website www.absolutebalance.com.au or email us at email@example.com.
(B.Sc. Sport & Exercise Science, Grad Dip Exercise Rehabilitation, Grad Dip Sports Centre Management)
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AES, AEP)(ESSAM)