Posture — benefits of keeping a good posture for spine health
Keeping a good posture is about more than simply standing up straight. Most people have been told at some point in life to improve posture by keeping their chin up or not slouching while standing or sitting. While these things are important to do, the benefits of good posture extend beyond the basics.
Posture refers to the position of a person’s body when sitting or standing. Standing up tall and sitting with a straight back are important practices because keeping a good posture helps keep the components of your spine in line and reduces the stress placed on your spine. By making these simple adjustments, you are reducing your risk of developing a spine condition that could result in chronic pain and limited mobility. If you are currently dealing with neck or back pain, posture improvement can have potential benefits by reducing the pressure being placed on the spine.
Definition of good posture
You may have been told to keep good posture throughout your life, but it’s helpful to have a more comprehensive idea of what this means.
Proper posture is considered to be keeping the parts of your body aligned with neighboring body parts. For example:
- When standing, you should be able to draw a line from your ear, through the shoulder, hip, knee and ankle.
- When sitting, you should be able to draw a line from the ear lobe, through the shoulder and to the hip.
Benefits of keeping a good posture
The biggest benefit of maintaining a good posture is to strengthen the core muscles, which provide support and stability for the spine.
The spine, particularly the lumbar spine in the lower back, is responsible for supporting and stabilizing most of the body’s weight. Over time, if weight increases and bad posture strains the spine, the vertebrae in the spine become compressed and the discs and joints between the vertebrae gradually deteriorate. This typically leads to the development of degenerative spine conditions.
By sitting and standing with your body in alignment, you are strengthening the muscles in your core, which will aid the spine in supporting the weight of the body. This will help prevent future degeneration of the spine and the development of certain spine conditions.
Practice good posture daily to strengthen your core muscles and help promote spine health. For more information on how to treat a spine condition, contact our caring team at Laser Spine Institute. While patients are often able to find lasting relief through conservative treatments like physical therapy and lifestyle changes like posture improvement, spine surgery can become an option if these treatments are exhausted and back pain is still debilitating. Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back procedures, offering patients a shorter recovery time with less risk of complication.^
We are happy to offer a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.