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David Phillips


Why does posture matter?

So much attention over the past decade seems to be building around the concept of posture. While this meteoric rise has been largely due to its role in pain, stiffness, and joint degeneration, the positive impact of good posture goes well beyond just our physical bodies! In today’s blog we will explore more deeply why posture has physical implications that can create joint pain, joint stiffness, back pain, knee pain, neck pain, neck stiffness, and many of the other common complaints the general population is currently facing.

Why does poor posture create pain?

If we look at the body’s architecture, it is designed to live vertically, in a state of decompression. This essentially means that if we keep a good balance of strength around joints, coupled with an active awareness of our bodies position and where it should be, the actual space within our body will be open and optimal. When good posture is lost, the weight of the body looses to gravity, and the body undergoes compression, which effects not only muscle and bone, but also nerves and vessels. This concept seems simple, but so many people we deal with have no idea that posture can effect pain cycles, or what good posture even looks like!

How can one address bad posture?

The good news is good posture can respond well to so many things! Proper cueing, functional movement, myofascial release, meditation, and even positive thinking! For almost all of us, the ability to transform our posture is a simply matter of recognizing poor habits, cueing them differently, and replacing them with better positions and movements. Body Heal Therapy would love to be an essential part of your journey! Stay tuned to our social media and blog pages for tons of guides on simple postural cues, basic exercises, and easy drills to help with everyday postural needs.