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How to improve posture?

You can successfully avoid multiple health problems in the future if you just maintain a good posture. By pinpointing any existing postural deformities and eliminating them, you can improve your posture. If properly evaluated, you can fix your posture and start the correction process. A proper posture has many health advantages. They are:

  1. Proper alignment– Good posture properly aligns your body. It aligns your bones and joints. Poor foot and ankle alignment can inflate the tissue in your heels and cause pain. It can also cause many other problems, which is why it is important to maintain a proper posture.
  • Prevents pain– Poor posture can lead to stiffness of muscles and cause pain. A slumped spine can put stress on the muscles and this can cause back pain and neck pain in the long run. Good posture engages the muscles to support the spine and prevents any pain.
  • Mood improvement– Good posture makes you look good, which by extension, improves your mood. A person looks sad when sitting slumped with a hunched back. When a person sits upright, they seem happy and relaxed. A good posture can naturally make you feel optimistic and improve your mood.
  • Better breathing– Your posture can affect the way you breathe. A good posture will affect your breathing pattern positively, whereas, a bad posture will affect your breathing pattern negatively. Bad posture curves your spine, which restricts your ribcage. This can reduce lung capacity and lead to shallow breathing.
  • Fewer headaches– Sitting with your back slouched can put a strain on your muscles at the back of your head and neck. This can put pressure on the nerves that can trigger headaches. Research shows that these headaches last longer than people with good posture. Sitting straight will improve your muscle strength and boosts energy.

There are advantages of having a proper posture. You can check your postural assessment analysis here with a wall test or by virtually assessing the alignment of your body. If you detect any postural deformities then you can correct them with exercises such as:

  1. Child’s pose– This pose stretches and lengthens the spine that gets curved due to years of bad posture. Do this for 5 minutes every day and night to improve the structure of your spine.
  • Chest stretch– Stand straight and interlace your fingers behind your back. Start lifting your chest towards the ceiling and move your hands towards the ground. This is the opposite of how you people with bad posture sit. So this can reverse the back pain and the poor alignment.
  • Standing forward fold– Stand straight and bend forwards at the hip. Lengthen your legs until you feel the hamstring muscles stretch. Stay in the same position for 4-5 minutes. This pose releases the tension in the neck and shoulders and stretches the hips.