Our entire world is set out in front of us. From our computers, tablets, phones and driving the list is endless of things that forces us into a curved forward position.
This forward posture leads to a stretching of the mid-back muscles including the rhomboids, external rotators of the shoulders and trapezius muscles. In addition, it can also result in the weakness of the erector spinae muscles, which support the spines integrity and strength. This poor postural stance can also result in the increased tension of the pectoral and chest muscles.
These changes to musculature can result in mechanical changes to the spine meaning that the bone structure becomes “stuck” in a poor position because the musculature is unable to maintain the proper posture. In summary, all of these muscular and structural changes can result in the significant rounding of the upper back commonly seen in the elderly population.
The video below illustrates beautifully how posture can be affected by our daily activities, what good postures look like and the benefits to changing it.
In short, poor posture can lead to headaches, tension, low back pain, increase wear and tear on ligaments, scoliosis and overall increased sensitivity to pain. Some of the best ways to alter our posture for the better in our day to day activities is to get moving! Walking, stretching and basic postural exercises that we can provide for you can help to maintain and improve upon your current posture!
Check out the video below for some basic anatomy and exercise information to help you with your posture!