Did you know that one of the first things we teach our clients here at Pain Free Posture MN is how to Sit and Stand with Proper Postural Alignment?
Why do we do this?
First, the majority of our clients come in with chronic muscle and joint pain due to the cumulative effects of prolonged static postures. Their pain is most often the result of muscular compensations and dysfunctional movement patterns caused by poor posture.
Second, and sadly, most of our clients are unaware of the connection between position and condition. This means that they are focused primarily on the site of their pain, versus the root cause (position) of their current symptoms.
What does this mean? Most people believe many myths about their pain and ability to perform movements pain free. In fact, proper postural alignment is the key to your ability to perform activities of daily living and athletic endeavors and maintain a pain-free status.
The reality is, most people in today's technology driven culture spend the majority of their days either sitting or standing for long periods of time, and good posture is more than simply "standing up straight and pulling your shoulders back".
It takes an awareness of your position and a willingness to work at changing how you do movements.
Experts at the world renowned Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic agree that learning to sit with proper posture alignment of the four major load joints helps prevent back pain because it maintains the three natural curves of the spine.
Learning how to sit with correct posture is a simple yet important way to prevent and relieve back pain, and keep the back and spine healthy.
Aside from the fact that good posture helps create a sense of well-being, and positive attitude/emotion, it impacts other people's perception of you in a positive way. Even greater than outward appearance - good posture and proper back support are critical to reducing back pain and neck pain. This is especially important for people who are sitting down for extended periods of time – which ends up being most of since as we average 9 hours of sitting each day! (source National Posture Institute)
Deb Preachuk is a NPI-Certified Posture Specialist. In addition to all our therapeutic corrective exercise modalities, we implement The National Posture Institute's Four (4) Points of Posture Program™ for all our clients because we believe that Good Posture MATTERS!
In order to eliminate chronic musculoskeletal pain, you must become educated and aware of your posture and taught how to maintain proper postural alignment in the activities you do the most. We take the time to teach our clients how to SIT and STAND properly, what it looks like and feels like. By doing so, our clients learn how to prevent future discomfort and can improve existing conditions through the simple (yet profound) application of practicing proper posture throughout their day as part of their corrective exercise programming.
In a recent NPI article, Posture: It Goes Everywhere You Go, author Nick Titley writes,
"Your posture goes everywhere you go; when you stand, sit, exercise and perform activities of daily living, your posture is a key component in how well you're able to perform tasks. are Your posture is so important that it can impact your overall ability to effectively perform your daily rituals.
Whether stationary or moving, the effects of posture can be felt by everyone. Good posture demonstrates confidence, balance and pain free movement; it allows you to enjoy time at home or at work, and can enhance the quality of your exercise routine.
The latter, poor posture, can be so debilitating that a person will be unable to perform basic activities of daily living. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the term "activities of daily living" or (ADLs), are basic tasks of everyday life, such as eating, bathing, dressing, using the bathroom, and transferring from one task to another. When people are unable to perform these tasks, they may require assistance from mechanical devices or other people to cope.
Poor posture can lead to postural distortions. Prolonged postural distortions can lead to postural related problems such as pain and discomfort, muscular imbalances, loss of range of motion and muscular strength, and even permanently stretched ligaments. Can you imagine experiencing pain or discomfort while you open a door, go for a walk or while sitting still?
So there you have it. Your posture does matter in all activities of daily living, and learning what good posture is, and what it feels like does take time to learn and practice.
If you'd like to learn how to sit and stand with proper posture, or you want to get to the bottom (root cause) of your chronic muscle and joint pain? Please reach out, we can help.
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