Can Working Out Improve My Posture?
At Massapequa Pain Management and Rehabilitation, we recognize the many benefits associated with exercise. It not only helps with staying in shape and maintaining weight, but it also has several other benefits that most are not aware of. One of the most important but lesser-known benefits associated with exercise is improved posture.
Why is having good posture important?
Having good posture is something that many of us don’t pay much attention to in our day-to-day lives. However, maintaining good posture has been shown to benefit us in several different ways. For example, good posture can help to decrease abnormal wear on joints and muscles, reduce the stress placed on spinal ligaments, lessen fatigue, reduce tension headaches, prevent back pain and aches, and of course, improve our appearance.
Exercise plays quite a large role in what our posture looks like and how it makes us feel. Certain issues associated with poor posture can be greatly improved through various targeted exercises.
Common Issues Linked to Poor Posture and How Exercise Can Help:
- Back Pain: Slouching and poor posture can lead to too much pressure being placed on the lower back. Exercises to increase strength on other muscles such as abdominals and glutes can help to place less strain on the lower back muscles, therefore improving posture and reducing pain.
- Fatigue: When too much stress is being placed on the lower back muscles due to poor posture, these muscles are not being used as they were intended to be. This can overwork these muscles, and in turn, cause you to feel fatigued. Strengthening the oblique muscles in your abs can help to increase energy levels by activating these muscles when you sit or stand, placing less stress on the back.
- Headaches: Poor posture can result in tension headaches due to increased muscle tension in the neck and back. Doing exercises to strengthen the neck muscles that are weakened by poor posture can help to greatly reduce the risk of future tension headaches.
- Appearance: It is no secret that poor posture can cause us to appear slouched, which may not be the look you’re going for. Poor posture can also even cause us to appear shorter and heavier than we are! Planks and other core-strengthening exercises can help to fix some of these appearance issues associated with poor posture, as well as make abdominals appear more defined.
If your poor posture has caused you to feel any sort of unnecessary pain or other symptoms, chiropractic care may be another option for you. At Massapequa Pain Management and Rehabilitation, we offer a wide range of physical therapy and chiropractic care treatments that can be beneficial in improving posture and reducing any associated pain. We are dedicated to helping our patients live a pain-free life and achieve all of their wellness goals. If you are unsure what you should do about your poor posture, set up an appointment with us to get started on a treatment plan today!