Between sitting over a desk all day, texting on the phone, and being sedentary, poor posture appears to be more prevalent today than ever before. Having poor posture affects every aspect of your body including back pain and increased muscle tension, decreased lung expansion, and a decreased ability to balance. Thus, it is paramount to work on keeping your body upright, and it is never too late to start!
Many people ask if a posture corrector brace would help. In my opinion, a posture corrector brace is a “band-aid” tool where it helps remind you to keep your body upright, but it does not fully solve the problem. Also, in my experience, it seems that people use them a few times and then they end up getting thrown in the closet. Working on core strengthening and stabilization exercises and moving your body is much more effective in achieving proper posture.
Lastly, when in doubt…MOVE YOUR BODY! Even if it is just for 15-30 minutes a day, there are many benefits. As I always tell my patients, our bodies are like vehicles. Our bodies need gas (movement) in order to function properly or they will rust and stop working properly.
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Blog Written By: Dr. Isabella Badalament, PT, DPT