Postural Re Education Hadley, MA

Postural Re-Education

Good posture is important because it helps your body function optimally. It promotes movement efficiency, endurance, and contributes to an overall feeling of well being.

Good posture is also good prevention. If you have poor posture, your bones are not properly aligned, and your muscles, joints, and ligaments take more strain than nature intended. Faulty posture may cause you fatigue, muscular strain, and, in later stages, pain. Many individuals with chronic back or neck pain can trace their problems to years of faulty postural habits. In addition, poor posture can affect the position and function of your vital organs, particularly those in the abdominal region and chest cavity.

Good posture also contributes to good appearance; the person with good posture projects poise, confidence and dignity.

A healthy back has three natural curves: a slight forward curve in the neck (cervical curve), a slight backward curve in the upper back (thoracic curve), and a slight forward curve in the low back (lumbar curve). Good posture actually means keeping these three curves in balanced alignment.

Strong and flexible muscles also are essential to good posture. Abdominal, hip, and leg muscles that are weak and joints that are inflexible cannot support your back’s natural curves. Hip, knee, and ankle joints balance your back’s natural curves when you move, making it possible to maintain good posture in any position.

In reality, good posture should make it easier for us to sit, stand and move. Therefore when we teach people about how to improve their posture, our aim is to teach how to maintain the natural curves of the back and neck.

At Aegis, we perform a postural assessment and determine how it might influence performance at work, sports or other daily activities. Then we design a course of action to help improve your posture. We review postural corrections you need to obtain an efficient posture and exercises to increase strength in specific areas to yield the best results.

Contact our Physical Therapist at Hadley, MA center to learn more postural re-education and if it would be of benefit.