back pain

Bad posture

Good posture is very important for the health of your spine and overall body. If you have good posture, the muscles and joints will be aligned properly and balanced to be able to support the daily physical activities. The problem is that most people do not have correct posture and this can lead to any problems in the future. Posture exercises can help to improve your posture and overall health.

Bad posture will add more pressure to some muscles while allowing others to become weaker through lack of usage. Additionally, bad posture gets worse over time, causing more and more problems, joints become more restricted in movement, muscles deteriorate and the tension within the body will result in pain and reduced movement.

The key to good posture is to start with your body core strength. The abdominal and lower back muscles are very important, they are connected to the spine and pelvic area as well as helping the movement of our chest and body rotation. Weak core muscles can lead to lower back pain, and combined with a bad posture will almost certainly lead to back problems.

Good Posture Exercises

Single Leg Extension

This is a great exercise to work your core muscles.

• Lie down on your back, bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the floor. Place your hands behind your head.

• Press your lower back onto the floor and lift your head up slightly from the floor.

• Breathe out and pull your stomach towards your spine.

• Slowly bring one knee towards your chest and extend the other leg fully at about a 45-degree angle from the ground. Sometimes this can cause your back to arch, if this happens, raise your extended leg higher until your back is flat on the ground.

• Switch legs and repeat the exercise 5 times

The Crunch

The crunch exercise is great for the abdominal muscles and can really improve your core and support the spine.

• Lie down on your back, bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the floor.

• Press the lower back onto the floor and put your hands behind your head.

• Breath out and pull your stomach in and up towards the spine.

• Slowly lift your head and shoulders up from the floor. Hold the position and then lower your shoulders and head back onto the floor.

• Repeat 10 times and slowly increase the number of crunches as your abdominal muscles get stronger

Remember a good posture is one of the most important factors to reducing back pain and back problems from occurring.

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