How to have good posture
Posture is an extremely important part of our health that can be easy to overlook. Good posture, or the alignment of the body and the limbs, is critical to properly functioning body mechanics. When you are maintaining proper posture, your head should be centered and upright, while your shoulders should be pulled back and in alignment with your hips, knees and ankles. Improper posture, which can contribute to a variety of health issues, usually occurs when the head is projected forward, the shoulders and upper back is curved or hunched forward and the abdominals are protruding. Maintaining good posture not only can eliminate the visually unappealing slouch that bad posture delivers, but it can also reduce stress placed on the body’s joints. This can lower the risk of developing spinal arthritis, herniated discs and other painful conditions.
Steps you can take to improve your posture
You should always check with your doctor before starting any posture improvement methods, such as:
- Wearing an adjustable posture support brace
- Strengthening core muscles with targeted exercises
- Paying attention to and adjusting your posture throughout the day
- Evaluating your home, car and office for ergonomically correct items and positions
Laser Spine Institute
Sometimes it can be difficult to address spinal conditions that have resulted from a lengthy period of poor posture. Often, a doctor will recommend a course of conservative treatments, including physical therapy, to improve posture. This often helps relieve the symptoms associated with a spine condition. For some people, however, several weeks or months of conservative treatments don’t provide relief and surgery may be recommended. The minimally invasive spine surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute is an alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures. We perform our procedures on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to leave the facility the day of surgery.^ If you’d like to learn more, contact Laser Spine Institute.
Our caring team can provide a free review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.