"Stand up straight. Walk straight. Sit up straight." Can you just hear your mother's voice? Posture is important. The spine is made for balance and stability, and posture control improves balance.
How does posture affect spine health and back pain relief in Vancouver?
Posture Education Relieves Back Pain Better Than Exercise
The effectiveness of a Global Postural Reeducation program as compared to a Stabilization Exercise program in subjects with persistent low back pain at 3 and 6 months was studied. Postural education is more beneficial than stabilization exercises in controlling persistent low back pain. (1)
Furthermore, an alarming paper surfaced stating that young people with non-specific low back pain demonstrate a reduced ability to switch to a more multi-segmental postural control strategy during complex postural conditions. This leads to decreased postural robustness. These young persons also show more difficulty with balance of their bodies with decreased spinal input for balance control. (2)
Posture Even Affects Incontinence
Posture affects vaginal pressure and subsequently incontinence for women. Pelvic floor muscle activity is affected more by posture - sway back posture activates more muscle activity - than by the activity being performed (standing versus laying). (3) Another strong reason to work on your posture.
What to Do about Vancouver's Posture? Incorporate Both Exercise and Posture Education.
Teach yourself to consciously sit and stand.
When you must sit, sit properly with a straight back. While sitting
in the bleachers at a little league game in Vancouver or in the chairs in Vancouver Disc Centers's waiting room, resist the temptation to slouch. Slouching increases the pressure in your spine. You want to decrease spinal pressures or at least keep them to a minimum when your back hurts. Same with prolonged standing
like waiting in line at the Vancouver grocery store: don't slouch
. If you have to stand for an extended period of time, take a break to walk a little. Tell the young kids around you in Vancouver, too. Good posture is a habit that must develop over time.
Exercise for Better Posture.
Building strength in your spinal muscles and abdominal muscles go far to support your upright posture when moving around Vancouver. Simple exercises like standing on one foot
and abdominal strengthening on a stability ball
re-establish nerve endings' sense of position and encourage the up-right posture needed for low back pain
relief and prevention.
Vancouver Posture and Back Pain Relief with Vancouver Disc Centers
Contact Vancouver's Vancouver Disc Centers for posture education and exercise as well as a chiropractic treatment plan to relieve back pain with Cox Technic which is research-documented to reduce intradiscal pressures in the spine as well.
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