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The long term consequences of poor posture can be neck or back pain, a stooped appearance, rounded shoulders with forward head, and in some cases balance difficulties when walking. We have all seen those people who are slumped over as they walk.
Good posture gives us a more pleasant appearance. Our clothing will fit better and it can be easier to breath since the lungs have more room to expand.
The best thing you can do to improve your posture is to be aware of it. It takes conscious thought to maintain proper posture, but there are a few things that can help.
- Each time you pass a surface where you can see your reflection, look and think about how you are moving.
- As you are sitting in a chair or at the computer, sit upright, use the back of the chair.
- A couple of simple exercises may help: squeezing your shoulder blades together 10 times-3 sessions per day or rolling your shoulders backwards (not forwards) 10 times-3 sessions per day.
- Lastly, keep your chin tucked in. Take a deep breath and relax your shoulders.
If you do these simple things, you will be able to maintain good posture.
Answer submitted by Jill Luminais PT CEASII, a Senior Physical Therapist and a Certified Ergonomic Specialist at Provena Mercy Medical Center.