Improve Your Posture and Feel Better!
posture is one of the more common causes of injury or pain that massage therapists see in their professional practice. Massage therapists who specialize in massage for injury treatment will tell you that Mom was right; we need to sit up straight!
Know what good posture is.
Most people think that to “stand up straight” means tensing your back to heave your chest ‘in and up’, and pulling your head back in to your chest. This is not so. The spine has two natural curves that you need to maintain called the ‘double C’ or ‘S’ curves, these are the curves found from the base of your head to your shoulders and the curve from the upper back to the base of the spine. When standing straight up, make sure that your weight is evenly distributed on your feet. You might feel like you are leaning forward, and look awkward, but you don’t.
Why is good posture so important?
If you use poor body mechanics in your daily activities, your body will not have proper alignment. The joints and muscles lose their ability to create a strong structure when your alignment is off. Some muscles will become overly elongated and vulnerable to injury. Others will become shorter and adhere themselves to a shortened position to prevent you from comfortably putting your body in the right posture. Your body is most efficient when the muscles and joints are aligned.
How can a Clinical massage therapist help with your posture?
A skilled Clinical massage therapist will look at your stance and show you how to get into the correct posture so you can feel the difference between standing correctly and standing incorrectly. They can also help you improve your sitting posture and advise you about correct body mechanics for your daily activities, such as sitting at a computer, driving, exercising, etc. And getting a therapeutic massage will assist release in holding or stiff muscles, like those pesky shortened muscles, that keep your body out of alignment.
Postural muscle strengthening (for example: core strengthening exercises) is a very important piece of the posture puzzle. An elongated muscle can sometimes be restored to proper function by strengthening it. There are many ways to help heal from or prevent specific postural issues. At your next massage therapy appointment, ask your massage practitioner for some tools for improving this very important aspect of daily functioning.