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What are the Best Tips for Posture Control?

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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 10 October 2018
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Poor posture can lead to a variety of spinal issues, as well as body aches, injuries, and chronic pain. Improving posture control can help eliminate these pains and help one feel stronger, more limber, and possibly even less stressed and more energetic. To improve posture control, one must first carefully examine day to day habits that may promote poor posture and keep a log of when, where, and why these habits occur. Changing such habits is the first step toward correcting poor posture, and when combined with a good workout routine that develops the muscles that support the spine, maintaining posture control should become much easier.

Many posture control issues arise from daily habits that encourage poor posture. Sitting for long periods of time at a desk can lead to poor posture due to a lack of lumbar spine support and neck support. Purchasing an ergonomic chair may help correct some posture issues by offering lumbar spine support, neck support, and adjustability that will help the user sit properly at the desk. Adjustable armrests can help keep strain off the shoulders, which will in turn keep the user from slouching forward. Raising or lowering the seat to ensure the eyes look straight at the computer screen rather than up or down can also keep the neck from slouching unnaturally.

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An exercise program that strengthens core muscles can also help contribute to good posture control. The core muscles include the abs, lower back, hips, groin, and legs; these muscles are responsible for supporting the spine, so when these muscles are weak, they cannot adequately keep the spine in proper position. A visit to a professional trainer can help determine the best workout to improve posture, and many posture-correcting exercises can be performed at home with little or no specialized equipment. Gyms and fitness centers do have specialized exercise machines, however, that can make a core workout easier and quicker.

In some more severe cases, posture control devices may be necessary. These may include back braces, which will hold the spine in position throughout the day. Such braces are commonly used by people recovering from spinal injuries that affected the person's posture and are not usually recommended for people who simply want to correct their posture. Braces can be bulky and uncomfortable, and they may hinder regular movements through day to day activities. One should consult a professional before choosing to use a back brace or other posture control device.

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