"Stand up straight."
That timeless advice we've probably all heard at one time or another. It's worth heeding.
Good posture is important to balance. By standing up straight, you centre your weight over your feet. This also helps you maintain correct form while exercising, which results in fewer injuries and greater gains. And working on balance can even strengthen your abilities in tennis, golf, running, dancing, skiing — and just about any other sport or activity.
Not an athlete? It still pays to have good balance. Just walking across the floor or down the block requires good balance. So does rising from a chair, going up and down stairs, and even something as simple as turning to look behind you.
Poor posture isn't necessarily a bad habit, either. Physical reasons for poor posture include inflexible muscles that decrease range of motion (how far a joint can move in any direction). For example, overly tight, shortened hip muscles tug your upper body forward and disrupt your posture. Overly tight chest muscles can pull your shoulders forward.
Muscle strength also affects balance in a number of ways.
The "core muscles" of the back, side, pelvis, and buttocks form a sturdy central link between your upper and lower body. Weak core muscles encourage slumping, which tips your body forward and thus off balance. Strong lower leg muscles also help keep you steady when standing.
Furthermore, finding the right balance between your muscles is very important to your posture. This is what Chiropractic can help you with. If you have tight muscles speak to us to see how we can help you.