We all know that maintaining correct posture is important to avoid pain and for leading a healthy life. Poor posture is formed due to bad habits which develop over a long period of time. Good posture is the correct alignment of our body which is supported by tension in the various muscles group.
Normally we do not consciously maintain normal posture. Instead, certain muscles do it for us, and we don’t even have to think about it. Several muscle groups, including the hamstrings and large back muscles, are critically important in maintaining good posture. While the ligaments help to hold the skeleton together, these postural muscles, when functioning properly, prevent the forces of gravity from pushing us over forward. Postural muscles also maintain our posture and balance during movement.
Why is good posture essential?
Good posture helps us to walk, sit, lie and stand properly with the help of various muscles. It helps to reduce the strain on various body structures.
- It helps in reducing strain on ligaments which keeps the bone structure together.
- It also helps prevent certain posture related pathologies such as back pain, neck pain, knee pain and so on.
- It allows the muscles to use less energy and in turn, prevents fatigue.
- It helps prevent muscle strain and over use disorders.
Result of poor posture:
Poor posture can result in many problems:
- It can cause excessive strain on postural muscles.
- It can lead to tightness in the muscles which may cause deformities.
- Poor posture results in back and neck pain.
- Attaining poor posture for a long period of time can weaken the bone and laxity of the ligament.
How can I maintain Good Posture?
Yes, you can definitely maintain good posture by exercising regularly. Postural muscles such as hamstring, quadriceps and calf helps in maintaining a correct posture. Maintaining flexibility and strength in these muscles would help to attain correct posture. Moreover, frequent postural breaks is necessary.
Physical Self Awareness is integral to managing Good Posture. As you have a better understanding of your own body, automatically one becomes more aware of how to maintain such Posture. At ABTP, for example, this is done through Technology that gives you a data-driven Analysis of your physical parameters, and the Physiotherapists can suggest routines that help improve posture.