If someone’s ever told you to stand up straight or if you have ever looked in a mirror and noticed that you appear slumped over, you may be suffering from bad posture. Bad posture can sometimes make you look heavier, shorter, or tired, but over time it can also lead to actual health problems. These can include:
- Headaches and migraines
- Back and neck pain
- Problems with digestion
- Breathing problems
- Lack of balance and endurance
- Inability to walk or move properly
Why Do We Suffer From Bad Posture?
More and more people are suffering from bad posture now than ever before. Our sedentary lifestyles are most likely to blame. We spend more time sitting at a computer, watching TV, driving in our cars, and lounging around on the sofa than we do using our core, back, and shoulder muscles. Like every other muscle in your body, lack of use means they eventually atrophy and aren’t strong enough to do their jobs. In this case, that means keeping your body straight and upright.
Improving Bad Posture
If you do suffer from bad posture, there are a few things you can do to try to reverse it.
- Perform exercises to strengthen your back and core
- Take breaks to move around if you sit frequently
- Try to be aware of your posture throughout the day
- Stretch daily
- Ensure your workspace is set up properly so that it’s not causing you to slump
Can Physical Therapy Help Bad Posture?
If you really want to get rid of the problem, physical therapy is the way to go. Your physical therapist is an expert at finding and diagnosing what exactly is causing your poor posture and whether or not it is leading to pain and other health issues. He or she will guide you through movements that will strengthen the weak muscles so that they eventually work properly again. You will even receive tips for preventing future posture problems. Once the issue is corrected, you may find that you sleep, breathe, walk, and feel better than ever before.