Better Posture Benefits Overall Health

Most of us have been told, "sit up straight" or "stop slouching" but did you know there are reasons to maintaining good posture?

Posted: Oct. 21, 2017 1:07 PM
Updated: Oct. 21, 2017 1:07 PM

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.

  1. Deep belly breathing will enable the spinal nerves to move within the spinal channels, diminishing pain.
  2. Neck stretches using range-of-motion exercises, such as stretching your neck side-to-side, up-and-down and ear-to- shoulder.
  3. Using light weights and performing some yoga poses like downward dog.
  4. 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.

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