What is poor posture?

Poor posture is a position in which the body is not properly aligned or balanced in relation to gravity. It is a pattern of holding in the body that can develop over time due to various factors, including lifestyle habits, work environment, and previous injuries.

One common example of poor posture is when the hips are tilted forward or backward, which can cause an imbalance in the lower back and pelvis. This can lead to back pain, hip pain, and knee pain. The neck and shoulders can also be affected by poor posture, with the shoulders being rounded forward and the neck jutting out. This can lead to tension headaches, neck pain, and shoulder pain.

Poor posture can develop as a pattern of holding in the body due to a variety of factors. These can include long hours spent sitting in front of a computer or driving, carrying heavy bags on one shoulder, or wearing shoes with high heels. Over time, the muscles and connective tissues in the body can adapt to this pattern of holding and become tight and stiff, leading to tension and pain.

How does poor posture cause pain?

When the body is not properly aligned, it places stress on the joints and soft tissues, causing tension to develop. This tension can then lead to pain and discomfort. For example, when the hips are tilted forward, the lower back can become overly arched, causing strain on the lumbar spine and potentially leading to lower back pain. When the shoulders are rounded forward, the chest muscles can become tight and the upper back muscles can become weak, leading to neck and shoulder pain.

In addition to pain and discomfort, poor posture can also lead to a variety of other health problems over time, including reduced lung capacity, digestive issues, and poor circulation.

How can I improve my posture?

Improving posture takes time, but with intention and the right attitude, it is possible. A daily practice and mindfulness are key to improving posture. One effective way to improve posture is through slow movement practices like yoga or tai chi. These practices can help you develop a form-focused approach to movement and increase your body awareness. This can help you identify and correct postural imbalances, and strengthen the muscles that support good posture.

In addition to a regular movement practice, incorporating good posture habits into your daily life can help you improve your posture over time. This includes sitting up straight at your desk, standing tall with your shoulders relaxed, and avoiding hunching over your phone or computer screen.

Receiving Neu Release Massage can also be a helpful tool for improving posture. Massage therapy can help to release tension and tightness in muscles and connective tissues and open new pathways of holding and feeling. This can make it easier to maintain good posture and reduce the risk of future injuries.

It’s important to remember that improving posture is a journey, and it may take time to see results. However, with consistent practice and mindfulness, you can make significant improvements to your posture and overall well-being.

Maia Spertus LMT

Maia Spertus is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Austin Texas, with a background of experience in Medical Massage, Sports Recovery, Trigger Point release, as well as the traditional practices of Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage. Through her experience working with people suffering from chronic pain, active athletes, as well as desk jockeys, she is an expert in helping people feel the best in their bodies. She is also a trained yoga teacher, and avid fitness enthusiast herself.