If you have poor posture you may begin to experience pain that can be directly linked to the posture issues. As the issue develops, you may experience pain in your neck, headaches may become more frequent, you may have tightness into the upper back and shoulders, or in severe cases begin to see symptoms spreading through the body into weakness, numbness or pain in the extremity regions. The type of posture you have can be completely individual to you, but there is an ideal alignment that our spines should be positioned in to avoid any issues in the future. The good news is that usually there are exercises for neck pain that can be done to improve your posture and relieve the pain.
The first, and potentially the most common, form of misalignment is often an over-kyphotic posture, where the upper back is rounded excessively with the head coming forward. This type of posture may still have retained smooth curvature but can often be more accentuated. It’s also becoming an increasingly more common posture amongst younger people as they spend a tremendous amount of time using mobile or tablet devices and laptops.
How You Can Correct Poor Posture
If you are in a desk job, you will need to make sure your desk is set up in a way that allows you to maintain good posture. This means you will need to make sure your back is straight with your chest open, your head is in a neutral position (not looking up or down at the computer screen), and your feet need to both be planted on the floor. There are also exercises you can do to help encourage your spine back into its normal alignment. For this kind of posture, if you wish to take up some exercises, we would recommend chin tucks. Drawing the head back will help to strengthen your muscles and bring the spine back into a neutral position, this can help in multiple ways to correct the alignment in your neck and reduce the rounded posture. In addition to this, you may find stretching out the chest muscles to be beneficial, as they can become tight very easily when someone has a rounded posture.
If your spine is fundamentally straight, you won’t find any of the previous advice helpful to you as it will need a bit more of a specific approach. Even If the neck curves forward at the top, chin tucks will not do anything to draw the head back as they will just make the spine even more flatter, to the point where there would be no shock absorption. If you have a completely flat spine, or just the head curves forward, you’d be much better off consulting with a professional to get these issues correctly addressed. In a spine where there are poorly defined curves, or no curves at all, there is a much higher increase of injury due to there being no ability for the spine to absorb any shock from everyday activities. Everything we do during the day can impact the spine in some degree, whether that’s walking, running, sport, lifting anything or even climbing stairs, without shock absorbency in your spine you will find that you will be more prone to injury. The natural curves in the spine create an ideal way for the spine to absorb any impact and distribute forces of gravity through the spine without injury – so without these you can pose a real risk to your spinal health.
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