How often do you think about your posture? Maintaining proper posture by standing up straight with your weight over your feet can help you avoid pain, injury, and excess strain on the joints. Plus, proper posture offers numerous benefits to your overall health, with the potential to improve your quality of life.
What Is Proper Posture?
Before we talk about the health benefits of improving your posture, let’s clear up what constitutes proper posture. Having good posture means that you exhibit the following characteristics:
- Your shoulders are at the same level.
- Your chin is parallel to the ground.
- Your spine is in a neutral position, meaning that you’re not arching or flexing your back.
- Your arms are by your sides with even elbows.
- Your hips are at the same level.
- Your abdominal muscles are engaged.
- Your weight is evenly spread over both feet.
The Health Benefits of Proper Posture
Reduced Spinal Pain
Pain in any part of the spine can be debilitating and disruptive to your regular activities. Poor posture can significantly exacerbate spinal injuries and conditions by increasing the strain on the spine. So by practicing proper posture, you can ease and prevent pain in the back and neck.
Proper posture allows for optimal muscle function. When the muscles are functioning properly, it means that your body will more efficiently utilize energy. As you practice proper posture, you’ll notice less fatigue and more energy throughout the day.
Prevent TMJ Pain
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is subject to tension when the head is consistently held in a forward position. This tension and pressure can lead to headaches and pain, especially when talking, eating, or yawning. People who experience TMJ pain also commonly experience clicking when they open their mouths.
Improved Form While Exercising
Your posture also makes a difference when you’re exercising. Proper posture keeps your spine neutral and your core engaged, which can prevent sports injuries.
If you’re experiencing persistent spinal pain and want to improve your posture, schedule an appointment with Hernando Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgery for a personalized treatment plan.