I bet you know someone who wakes up with pain or even soreness after a long night’s sleep…that person may even be you. Believe it or not these issues can stem from having poor posture habits, which can affect our every day activities such as how we sleep, sit, and walk.
So let’s get into it:
Regardless of what sleeping position you prefer whether it’s the “Starfish”, the “Soldier”, or my personal favorite the “Yearner”; the spine should be straight and in neutral alignment. This allows the spinal muscles to relax more and prevents you from applying excessive pressure on the spine. Neutral sleeping posture = Improved sleep which leads to Less pain and stiffness making you feel more energized during your day.
I know a lot of us are guilty of this one; Poor Sitting Posture. This not only puts unnecessary stress on your spine but it also creates muscle imbalances.
Okay, I want you to try something so you can feel just how important posture really is. First sit on a solid chair and slouch your back. Now try to raise both arms straight up over your head and reach as high as you can…kind of hard, right? Now sit up as straight as you can and lift both arms up to the ceiling…easier, right? You probably noticed a considerable difference in regards to the ease of motion and were able to raise your arms a lot higher while sitting up straight than slouched.
The most common posture offense is (*drum roll) Poor Walking Posture. As a PT I have encountered this bad boy time and time again; slouching, rounded shoulders, head forward. This posture shifts your center of gravity forward making it more likely for you to fall forward or lose balance when walking.
So work on your posture today with your Physical Therapist!
Dr. Jack Wong
Leading Physical Therapist In The Houston Area