MEDFORD, Ore. -- Most of us have been told, "sit up straight" or "stop slouching" but did you know there are reasons to maintaining good posture?
Better posture may lead to a better mood, memory, self-esteem. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, poor posture can cause serious back pain, making it the second most common reason people go to the doctor
A New York Spinal Surgeon suggests a few things you can do to improve your posture.
- Deep belly breathing will enable the spinal nerves to move within the spinal channels, diminishing pain.
- Neck stretches using range-of-motion exercises, such as stretching your neck side-to-side, up-and-down and ear-to- shoulder.
- Using light weights and performing some yoga poses like downward dog.
- Push-ups can strengthen the spinal and postural muscles.
Also pay attention to how you are sleeping. Sleeping on your side will put the least amount of pressure on your spine.