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The Effects of Gravity on Posture

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The Effects of Gravity on Posture

Most people are aware of the importance of maintaining proper posture throughout the day, and how improper posture can negatively impact people’s quality of life through various injuries – most common being neck pain. In a previous blog we discussed tips and tricks for maintaining proper posture throughout the day, and today we will talk about how gravity plays a role in the difficulty of maintaining proper posture.

Gravitational Forces

As human beings our bodies are subjected to gravitational forces pulling us down towards the earth throughout the entirety of the day, from the time we are born until the time we die. These forces act on our body throughout the day, but become particularly difficult to deal with when we try to maintain a single position for an extended period of time – such as sitting down for eight hours to work a full day. As more time is spent in a single position, the more our bodies will naturally drift into a crouched position, because it requires less energy. 

Just because our bodies are subjected to these forces does not mean there is not something you can do to help improve your posture, thereby decreasing the strain on your neck and back muscles.

Beneficial Tips to Improve Your Posture

  1. Take frequent breaks throughout the day to stand up and move around. Taking breaks helps to reset your posture, when you sit back down from standing for a couple minutes you are more likely to sit with proper posture. 
  2. Try introducing shoulder blade squeezes throughout the day. Introducing shoulder blade squeezes is a good reminder for proper posture because it is very difficult to perform the exercise without sitting up straight.

In conclusion, gravity is something that affects every single person, regardless of what they do for a living – however, the effects of gravity are more significant for people who work at desk jobs or jobs that require extended periods of time sitting. By utilizing the tips outlined in this blog, and being more conscious about maintaining proper posture throughout the day, you can help to decrease your risk of both neck and back pain. In addition, they will improve your quality of life!

The Balance Chicago Team is here to help you! For more information, or to schedule your appointment, give us a call or click the link above. We look forward to working with you soon!

Blog Written By: Dr. Ryan Smrz, PT, DPT

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