"Stand up straight. Walk straight. Sit up straight." Can you just hear your mother's voice? Posture is important. The spine is made for balance and stability, and posture control improves balance.
How does posture affect spine health and back pain relief in Toronto?
Posture Education Relieves Back Pain Better Than Exercise
The effectiveness of a Global Postural Reeducation program as compared to a Stabilization Exercise program in subjects with persistent low back pain at 3 and 6 months was studied. Postural education is more beneficial than stabilization exercises in controlling persistent low back pain. (1)
Furthermore, a distressing paper appeared stating that young people with non-specific low back pain demonstrate a reduced ability to switch to a more multi-segmental postural control strategy during complex postural conditions. This leads to decreased postural vigor. These youth also show more difficulty with balance of their bodies with decreased spinal input for balance control. (2)
Posture Even Affects Incontinence
Posture affects vaginal pressure and subsequently incontinence for women. Pelvic floor muscle activity is affected more by posture - sway back posture activates more muscle activity - than by the activity being performed (standing versus laying). (3) Another strong reason to work on your posture.
What to Do about Toronto's Posture? Incorporate Both Exercise and Posture Education.
Teach yourself to consciously sit and stand.
When you must sit, sit properly with a straight back. While sitting
in the bleachers at a little league game in Toronto or in the chairs in Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre's waiting room, resist the temptation to slouch. Slouching magnifies the pressure in your spine. You want to decrease spinal pressures or at least keep them to a minimum when your back hurts. Same with prolonged standing
like waiting in line at the Toronto grocery store: don't slouch
. If you have to stand for an extended period of time, take a short walk to help prevent slouching. Share these postural tips with your children in Toronto, too. Good posture is a habit that takes time to develop.
Toronto Posture and Back Pain Relief with Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre
Contact Toronto's Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre for posture education and exercise as well as a chiropractic treatment plan to relieve back pain with Cox Technic which is research-documented to reduce intradiscal pressures in the spine as well.
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