Maintaining Good Posture Promotes Better Health and Improves Confidence

The key to treating any postural problem, no matter the cause, is early recognition and treatment. Although pain usually prompts a visit to a physician, changes in your appearance, height, or the way your clothes fit are often clues to the development of abnormal posture. If you or others notice these signs, then I recommend discussing them with your primary care physician and if necessary referral to a specialist, like a physiatrist, may be warranted.

Some tips for postural training:

  1. During the day while walking and standing occasionally squeeze your shoulder blades together and retract your head over your shoulders.  Hold for 5 seconds.
  2. Practice the principle of spine elongation throughout the day.  Meaning trying to make yourself longer from head to tailbone.
  3. Stand up tall against the wall for two minutes each day and try to make sure the back of your head, shoulder blades and buttocks touch the wall. Pull your navel in toward your spine.
  4. Take postural breaks from sitting at least every 60 minutes.  Stand up and take 30 to 60 seconds to perform a Bruegger postural release exercise (see picture)



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