Don't Believe These Posture Myths
By Sara Butler
Your posture is a part of your story as a human being. Poor posture can be a signal of poor health and functioning, while good posture can be a sign that everything is on track for success. In order to understand the importance of posture, you need to be able to separate the truth from the fiction. Here are some of the more prevailing posture myths that your chiropractor wants you to be aware of!
Myth No. 1: Good Posture is Hard to Achieve and Maintain
Poor posture is actually more difficult for your body to maintain because it’s inefficient. When you practice good posture it will take less and less effort to maintain once you’ve built up the muscles that help to support it. Good posture is less taxing on your entire body, so you’ll feel better at the end of the day after you’ve developed good posture.
If you’re not sure where to start on your journey to better posture, then discuss it with your chiropractor, who can help you to create realistic and measurable goals to help you create better posture habits.
Myth No. 2: It’s Better for Your Back to Tuck Your Pelvis
When you ask someone to show you what good posture means, they may stand up straight and bring their pelvis forward. This is not neutral posture – which is always going to be the goal of good posture. When you maintain the natural curves of your spine then you have to make sure your pelvis is neutral, too. Tucking your pelvis is not going to help preserve the natural curves of a healthy spine.
Myth No. 3: You’ve Got to Have Really Strong Abs for Good Posture
You hear a lot of people, including your chiropractor, discussing the benefits of core strength when it comes to a healthy back and good posture, but many people don’t understand what the core actually refers to. Your abdominal muscles are a part of your core, but you also need to focus on the other things that lead to a strong overall core. The pelvic floor muscles, diaphragm, back muscles and psoas muscles are all a part of a strong core group that will better support your back.
If you know you have room for improvement when it comes to your posture, then it needs to be discussed with your chiropractor, who has the right information to get you started and can help you get on the right track to a healthier back.