By Shraddha Wagh, PT
Everyone’s heard the saying “sit up straight” or “stand up with good posture” at some point in his/her lives - but what is good posture, and why is it important?
There is no such thing as one “perfect posture,” and it is unrealistic to try to maintain one specific posture when performing various activities throughout the day. Each individual has varying body types, muscle flexibility, and muscle tone that can contribute to poor posture. Although there is no ONE perfect posture, good posture is important for multiple reasons.
As more and more jobs are transitioning to remote or involve sitting for extended periods of the day, sitting posture is one of the biggest things to address to prevent future injury and or pain.
Tip when working from home or in the office:
Place a post-it note with “posture” written on it somewhere on your desk around eye level. Every time you see that note, it will remind you to be more mindful of your posture and adjust it if needed- this improved awareness over time will allow you to remain in a better posture for longer periods of time and with less thinking as it will become more subconscious.
See a physical therapist to receive individualized recommendations and exercises for postural corrections and improvements!
If you are experiencing chronic pain, stiffness or discomfort, what is your body trying to tell you? Here is a short, fun practice to begin dialogue and partnership with your body.
This may seem awkward or strange at first; it may seem silly or even uncomfortable, but if you do this more and more, you shall receive the answers and your body begins to trust you and you begin to trust your body, thereby creating a partnership for health. Through practicing this over and over you may notice that the pain begins to subside and may eventually be gone.
You may choose to combine this with a very clear intention that it is your intention to 100% enjoy your body fully, and that your body enjoys you inside of it fully and completely. This supports your collaboration with your body for a maximum amount of enjoyment.
Although the pain may not leave immediately, recognize that the physical form takes longer to change, but the change starts once you make a connection and change your thoughts. It is new energy; it is new consciousness; it is new awareness. Your job now is to stay in a mode of receiving and know that you have started the process of feeling better, and while it might not be an overnight healing, it will be steadfast and continuous, and with ease and grace. We want this with ease and grace in the most gentle way for you.
According to Dr. John Sarno, in his book, Healing Back Pain, for a condition like chronic back pain, once you call out the emotion that your body is repressing, there is no longer any need for the pain and the body will no longer need to generate tension. (2)
All of us here at Connect Physical Therapy are here to support you to feel your best.