Perhaps when you were younger, you were often told to stop slouching and to bring your shoulders back. Does it really matter that we have a good posture? What difference does posture really make? In truth, posture does make a difference.
It has been verified by research that a large percentage of back and neck injuries stem from repetitive misuse. Repetitive misuse is precisely the definition of poor posture. There are natural curves in our spine, and this most people know. Injuries are a results from a spine that cannot maintain its natural curves because of poor posture. The spine’s natural curves are maintained in those who have good posture. Then the job is done by spine-stabilizing muscles.
Since people are not aware of it, poor posture is a common cause of repetitive misuse to the spine. Most people are not educated on what poor posture is, or how to avoid it. If you want to achieve good posture, here are some easy ways to do so.
Your head should not be placed too far forward, backward, up. or down. A slight chin tuck is the ideal placement of the head. Its appearance is like someone who has a double chin.
And, yes, you need to bring your shoulders back. You should be thankful that your mother wanted you to have a good posture even when you were young. But, most people don’t know how to bring their shoulders back even if they are told. Here is a test to know if you have properly positioned shoulders. With palms facing behind you, stand up and place your arms at your side. Then, rotate your thumbs all the way out until you cannot rotate them any further. This should be the proper position of the shoulders if you have good Posture. You can now return your hands to any position you want but maintain proper shoulder position.
Another important thing to remember for a proper posture is to understand how to maintain a low back curve, but many people find it difficult to do so. From all the position for a good posture, the low back curve is perhaps the most important of all. A proper low back curve can be achieved for good posture if you imagine stretching your head up toward the ceiling or the sky.
If you implement these dry needling tips, you will walk around with proper posture. The tips that were given above are not really difficult things to do and this means that it is possible to achieve proper posture in a very easy way. Knowing what to do is the key to having proper posture. Eliminating what most people complain about, that is, back and neck pain, is very possible by having a proper posture.