Spending more time on the couch, at your computer, and on your mobile devices has probably led you to visit Google to search for ways to start improving your posture a time or two.
Those searches have probably also left you wondering... what exactly is posture?
Well, posture is the position that your body maintains while standing, sitting, or lying down.
To put it another way, posture is how you hold your body.
To put it yet another way, posture is the particular stance you have when sitting, standing, running, walking, sleeping, and even bending over.
Posture is one of those things that we all know we need to work on.
When you slouch in your chair or stand with poor posture, you put extra strain on your joints and force your muscles to work harder, and that can result in pain.
Take your neck for example.
If you sit with your head’s center of gravity aligned over the spine, your neck muscles need to do very little work.
However, if you sit with your head tilted forward as you would when checking your email or social media on your phone or computer, the muscles in your neck take on the extra strain it takes to hold your head in that position.
That results in a lot of extra work for your neck muscles, and your body has to compensate. Weakened or unbalanced muscle strength can result in additional stress on your spinal joints.
Over time, the additional stress caused by postural imbalances and tired muscles can lead to changes in how you move and pain.
Are you experiencing daily, nagging aches and pains?