Maintaining good posture reduces the wear and tear that everyday activities can place on your muscles and joints. However, poor posture is often responsible for leading to other health problems including pain, balance issues and fatigue. This can result from muscle imbalances where one muscle is weak while its opposing muscle is tight. Having surgery often creates imbalances. You can use the following tests to help determine if you have good posture:
- Stand with the back of your head touching the wall and your heels six inches from the baseboard. With your rear touching the wall.
- Place your hand between your lower back and the wall, and then between your neck and the wall. If you can get within an inch or two at the low back and two inches at the neck, you are close to having excellent posture.
The Mirror Test
The common posture problems chart can help you identity what muscles imbalance may be causing posture problems and which muscles would benefit from stretching and which need strengthening.
Spark People.com is an excellent resource for providing flexibility and strengthening exercises ranging from beginning to advance.