Remember that time(s) your Mom told you to “Sit up straight”? Well, what was once a simple yet irritating demand from your Mom is now even more significant as everyday life ruins posture everywhere.
An individual with good posture keeps proper spinal alignment in all sitting, standing, and lying positions. Bad posture is a result of muscles tightening or shortening while others lengthen and become weak. The consequence of bad posture is pain and the amount of time you suffer is up to you.
Recognizing Bad Posture
- Shoulders rolled forward
- Head in a forward position, chin toward sternum
- Rounding of the upper back
- Arching of the lower back
Upper Crossed Syndrome
Most of these bad posture habits fall under the umbrella of Upper Crossed Syndrome, or UCS for short. In UCS, the posterior upper back and neck muscles are lengthening and weakening, and the opposite anterior pectoral and neck muscles are tightening and shortening.
Forward head posture, hunchback posture, “winging” shoulder blades and rounded shoulders due to tight pecs, all postures that are typically found in people with UCS, are slowly making it difficult for you to give your all to your workout. Learn how to identify Upper Crossed Syndrome here.
Posture Makes Perfect
The benefits of improving your posture range from improved blood flow to a decrease in everyday stress. If you are a desk jockey or spend a large part of your time sitting at computer your eyes should be, or “at least” eye-level to the monitor. Also, take a break from time to time with 30 seconds devoted to slight stretching. When sleeping try to avoid laying on your side with your knees drawn up to your chest and choose a pillow that allows your head to be in a natural position. Ideally, sleeping on your back is most healthy for the spine.
If you are experiencing reoccurring back pain, neck pain, joint pain, numbness and/or burning sensations call for a consultation today, (832) 409-9940!