How to maintain a correct posture of body with help of exercises ?

How to correct posture with help of exercises?

What is posture?

Posture is how you hold your body. How you hold your body in day to day activities. There are two types: Dynamic posture is how you hold yourself when you are moving, like when you are walking, running, or bending over to pick up something. Static posture is how you hold yourself when you are not moving, like when you are sitting, standing, or sleeping.

Need for a good posture

Proper posture improves spine health. Sitting, standing, sleeping or working with proper alignment improves blood flow, helps keep your nerves and blood vessels healthy, and supports your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It reduces stress on muscles and joints. People who make a habit of using correct posture are less likely to experience related back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal injuries. Now a day we see many people using or keeping their body in wrong positions while working, using mobile, sleeping, sitting or walking. This improper body alignment for longer durations puts stress on muscles, ligaments and joints in our body. These chronic stresses on body causes few muscles to tight and some muscles to become weak. As weak muscles cannot withstand more stresses, it goes into spasm and starts paining. Some people may suffer injuries.

Now when such patients come to physiotherapist we do proper assessment of patients. And rule out the causes of pain. Then we start working on tight and weak muscles with help of different types of exercises. While you can try to correct your posture with a supportive brace or reminders to stand up straight, exercise assists with strengthening your core and upper back muscles. In turn, you develop the strength to keep your body in balance and avoid poor posture.

Physiotherapy approaches to improve posture –

1. Education of patient regarding what’s going wrong in posture.
2. Teach about proper positioning.
3. Stretching exercises
4. Strengthening exercises
5. Tapping techniques
6. Myofascial release techniques
7. Weight bearing exercises.
8. Feedback method.

According to your need, physiotherapist will design tailored exercise program. At HealthQ rehab, we have Dr. Gayatri Suresh(PT) who is a biomechanist. She has great experience in postural and gait related problems. For more details contact us.


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