Sitting is the new smoking. See the video at the bottom of this page titled "Sitting is the New Smoking"
Knowledge is power, and we never had that class in elementary, Jr High, High school nor College...”GRAVITY AND YOU”. In terms of is it too late, we all deal with the limits of matter, your age and degree of postural dysfunction will determine what can be done to help you. Please call a Doctor of Chiropractic ASAP to find out. I believe that with proper understanding, we can get better everyday until our last breath.
There are many exercises you can do to improve posture. Most issues are caused by weak structural muscles. Chiropractic adjustments combined with specific exercises can help restore more a normal posture. See your chiropractor.
Yours in health,
Hope this helped. As always, Got your back. Dr Todd Gewant
It's never too late to improve your posture, but it must be done by concentrating on strengthening your whole body and not just your spine. Focus on core stabilization exercises like planks and bridges as well as compound exercises like squats, pull ups, and push ups. This will help you work the right muscles that allow you to become more upright with better posture. One specific exercise I give our patients are knows as wall angels. They look like a pull up but done up against a wall and without having to actually pull yourself up. Look on youtube for these exercises.
The longer answer:
If money is a factor, first try to use posture braces along with stretches and exercises. The internet is a great resource. This avenue is difficult to continue and seldom corrects the underlying root of the problem, or weakness.
We have come a long way in this area of postural changes causing spinal pain. Posture is non volitionally controlled. You can force an over rodenin the system and voluntarily change it but it won’t be plastic or long lasting. Adjusting it isn’t going to be a long term effects you are looking for but may allieviate the pain experienced with postural changes.
See a FNOR doc for help. FNOR.net
If you need help in finding a good one, hopefully near you, I would be happy to help.
All my best,
Dr. Robert Arnone
Anything you do to improve posture will be worth the effort.
Best of health to you!!
1) Start by sitting on your seat with you feet comfortably planted on the ground shoulder width apart.
2) Then feel the small of your back, while contracting your abdominal muscle, consciously push in the small of your back while you're feeling the curve of your lumbar spine increase. Hold that position for one to two seconds, then release.
3) Perform this exercise periodically throughout the day while your in the sitting position. Over time, you'll begin to experience an improvement in your overall posture. A decrease in you low back pain.
Also, postural-wise, I would educate my patients regarding avoiding acquiring, "Upper Cross Syndrome". That is the very common slouched forward upper extremity posture due to the imbalance in hypertonicity of the Pectoralis and Anterior Deltoids musculature as opposed to the weak, laxity of the Posterior Deltoid, Posterior portion of the Trapezius, Supraspinatus and Rhomboid muscles in the back.
the remedy for this condition is to decrease the hypertonicity of the anterior muscular structures and strengthen the posterior muscular structures to create a more harmonic relationship and a better symbiotic relationship between the agonist and the antagonist structures.
Neck stretches: gently lower your left ear towards your left shoulder. Hold for 10-15 deep breaths. Repeat on opposite side.
Neck rotations: slowly turn your chin towards one shoulder. Hold for 10-15 deep breaths. Repeat on opposite side.