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Importance of a Good Posture

What is good posture?

This question was well answered by Nina Strang, a physical therapist and certified strengthening and conditioning specialist at the University of Michigan, “Good posture is also known as neutral spine. When we have good posture, the muscles surrounding the spine are balanced and supporting the body equally.”

Read more below to find out some of the payoffs of a good posture.

1.Reduced lower back pain

"Minimizes the excessive force that muscles and joints need to absorb." said Eric Robertson, director of graduate physical therapy education at Kaiser Permanente of Northern California and a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association. Therefore, an upright posture reduces lower back pain.

2.Reduced tension headaches

Good posture reduces headaches as clearly stated by Nina Strang, "Poor posture can contribute to tension headaches, due to increased muscle tension in the back of the neck. Often if we correct our posture, we can reduce muscle tension and improve our headaches.”

3. Posture is a reflection of a person's health

Posture is more than just how a persons walks, stand or sit. It also affects how much pressure these positions place on the lower and upper back and other muscles and joints. Posture is a reflection of a person's general health, fitness and body's strength and weaknesses.

4. Appear taller

A good posture can help people appear taller and feel better about themselves. As Henderzahs-Mason said, "People who walk with a slouched back have a predisposition to depression as compared to those who walk more upright."

5. Feel more confident

Good posture make people appear confident and more competent to others. As shown by research, slouching may influence a person's thoughts and feelings and therefore improving your posture may boost your mood.

6. Increased Energy levels

It helps you take in sufficient oxygen because your lungs and diaphragm would have more room for expansion. This leads to increased energy levels hence you won't get tired easily. If you’re slouching, you’re compressing your lungs,” explains Griffith.

So, How Can You Improve Your Posture?

Although there are ways people use to improve ergonomics through good habits, some braces known as posture correctors can be of great help. Even people who have never experienced noticeable back pains can benefit from these braces as a preventive measure.
You can check from a variety of Posture Braces at Posture Universe collection. Let me know what are your thoughts about posture correctors.