How is your posture throughout the day? Do you catch yourself slouching frequently? If you suffer with aches and pains, especially in your neck, upper and lower back, poor posture is probably to blame.
The proper curves of your spine
Your spine has 3 curves, which provide support flexibility and protect the nerves running up and down your spine. Your neck should have a gentle curve in, the upper back slightly curved out and the lower back slightly curved in. When you slouch, the spine in your neck and lower back actually become straighter, while the upper back becomes excessively curved. This produces a forward head posture and humped upper back.
Why is posture important
Poor posture leads to excessive strain on your joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. It also weakens many of the core muscles that are needed to keep you upright and healthy. Posture changes occur over time and most people don't pay attention to them until they are unhappy with the way their body looks or starts to hurt.
Posture can be improved
Our Physical Therapists at Lakeway Aquatic Physical Therapy are experts in evaluation of posture and movement. By pinpointing the source of your aches and pains, we can develop a plan for you that will return you to a more youthful posture and quickly relieve your pain. Call us at 512-261-0620 and learn more how we can improve your posture and help you lead a pain free, active life.