The Importance of Good Posture

Maintaining good posture has many positive effects on our overall health including increased energy, better balance, fewer aches and pains and a healthier nervous system.

How does a healthy spine and good posture improve your overall health?

Well, we have a saying, posture is a window to your spine, and your spine is a window to health. We know that the nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves controls every cell, tissue and organ in the body. And the better your posture, the better the spinal column protects the nervous system.

What are some negative effects poor posture has on your health?

Some of the negative effects of poor posture on health are neck pain, back pain, headaches, shoulder pain, decreased energy, decreased circulation, and slow digestion.

Can maintaining good posture reduce fatigue, and increase your energy level?

Yes, maintaining good posture has a dramatic effect on decreasing fatigue and increasing energy. This is one benefit of using standing desks as workstations.

How is good posture important for athletic performance?

The better an athlete’s posture is, the stronger they are and their balance becomes greater as well.

Are there exercises we can do to specifically improve our posture?

Yes. There are numerous exercises we teach in our office. We refer to them as posture building exercises. It’s very important to strengthen the rhomboid muscles between the shoulder blades, and do movements to eliminate what we call forward head posture.

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