Posture Correction is something that many people these days are now seeking to accomplish. They’re getting tired of how they look in pictures and how their clothes fit. Not to mention the often associated headaches, neck and upper back pain. Who’s with me?!
It’s not to late to do something about your posture! Taking steps today will keep things from getting worse, but how good your result is will depend on:
1. How bad your posture is now.
2. What you do all day (your daily activities)
3. How consistent you’re going to be with exercises
4. If you’re doing the right exercises!
Posture Correction – What About Using A Pillow?
Nope. That’s a “support” not a “corrector”
Pillows, supports, and anything that’s going to be used to prop you up, isn’t going to fix anything. Most doctors will tell you to just use that when you need a little extra help, like when your back is really hurting. There’s nothing wrong with it then.
Posture Correction – What About Using A Brace?
Nope. That’s not going to work either.
Putting on a good posture corrector brace will make your posture look good right away, but is not the same as posture correction. Wearing that brace all day requires no work from your muscles all day! Since your postural muscles are what hold you in place, how will weaker muscles make your posture better?
It won’t, and that’s the danger in wearing a brace. Now there are times when a brace is just the thing. Like you’re in pain right now and your muscles aren’t holding you up correctly. Time to wear a brace… temporarily.
Or if you’ve developed a dowager hump, and every hour your spine is hunched over may lead to more compression fractures — making things worse! If your doctor prescribes a brace for that, by all means wear it! But you’ll still want to work on exercises that make your back stronger.
Posture Correction — Does It Matter About My Mattress Or Chair?
They won’t fix anything, but they can make things worse.
What you do all day is what gets your back (and your health for that matter) to the place it’s at right now. So six to eight hours a night in a non-supportive mattress isn’t going to help. Eight to ten hours per day in front of a computer in a lop-sided chair with no lumbar support can’t be making things better.
Posture Correction – So I Need To Exercise?
Yes, but make sure you’re doing it the right way!
Posture correction is more about which exercises and not about doing just any exercise. You can’t just start jogging and think your posture’s going to get better. Swimming can help, because it engages your posture muscles.
Think about keeping things in balance. Doing a variety of movements, like basketball is better than doing something that is unbalanced, like golf. Going to the gym and doing the “circuit” is a balanced workout, but not necessarily going to balance out what you do all day.