7 things you didn’t know about Posture….

  • postureThere is no “bad posture”. We have all had a parent/grandparent say “stand tall, or straighten up, or stop slouching.”  Posture is a word that when said, 99.9% of people straighten up and only hold it for 1-2 min.  Then they go back to slouching and looking at their i-Phone. It’s never permanent, nor concrete.
  •  Posture is continuous… Unless you are a guard at Buckingham Palace (which is impressive), you will be constantly moving & changing positions all day. While some move more than others, we are all getting around to some degree.
  • We (PT’s) are assessing you from the moment we shake hands/meet. You may not realize it, but a physical therapist or “PT” is analyzing your posture from the waiting room where we meet you. We study posture so much, it’s ingrained in a PT’s brain as much as anything we learn in school. Talk to any PT and they will tell you they have caught themselves analyzing their family members. When we ask you to stand comfortably, just relax we already have a good idea how you operate
  • Routine is the enemy…Arrive to work… fill up coffee… sit down… lunch… go home… rinse repeat. For those that do more laborious work, it might be the same but with standing or lifting. Throw some variability into your work day. Take a walk, stretch, do some push-ups or squats… (with your door closed of course).
  • Don’t get drastic… We have all seen those people that make a 360 flip & completely change everything. It lasts a couple weeks or a month, and things return to the usual. The smallest of daily changes can make a HUGE difference. Less than 5-10 minutes a day, can go light years in how you feel
  • Use a reminder… It can be anything from setting an alarm on your phone to get up, to a sign near your computer screen. We all can get sucked into the “work zone” and forget to change it up.
  • Everybody is different… While PT’s study a standard posture in school, the reality is that every patient is an individual. What works for a 15 year old student athlete, might not work for the 52 year old grandmother working as a nurse. Find a series of stretches or exercises that give you relief or consult with a PT for a posture analysis at your local clinic.

-Kyle Stafford, DPT at Claremore Clinic


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