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Improving Posture To Avoid Joint Pain

Updated on June 6, 2015

Posture Exercises Using Yoga

Best Poor Posture Treatment is Yoga
Best Poor Posture Treatment is Yoga | Source

Check Out Your Posture

How often do we think of our posture? For many people - most likely not very much at all. Nevertheless the body structure needs support and protection so it can avoid injury, as well as aches and pains.

Progressive deformities are also prevented by paying attention to your posture; how you walk, sit and lay down are all important points to keep an eye on so they become second nature.

Proper upright posture puts much less tension and pressure on the joints as well as muscles surrounding the hips, back and neck and it does wonders for feeling good about yourself.

If you already have poor posture, it's not too late to try to correct it. Even if your posture is good, it's a good idea to know about it, so you don't fall into the bad posture syndrome.

Better Your Posture and Stop Slouching

Slouching, Leaning and Carrying

Good posture simply means that you are sitting and standing in a way that supports your upper and lower back, spine, hip and ankle joints. In the event you slouch or lean to the side or forward when sitting or standing you're slowly elevating the possibility of putting more pressure on the joints of your body.

Are You Trying to Avoid An Ache or Pain You Already Have?

A thing to remember too is that lots of people have poor posture because they are in pain, so they start to sit, lay or walk differently to try to get away from that pain. The pain is typically due to back pain (a hub of mine on back pain) or an injury that hasn't healed yet or is healing in the wrong way. Best to contact your doctor in that case.

Carrying things properly

Keep an eye on how you for example carry your groceries from the store to the car or bus or if you use a shoulder bag, is it filled to the brim - too heavy? If you do carry a bag try using a backpack instead as they distribute the weight more evenly - instead of carrying heavy grocery bags.

Losing Weight to Correct Posture
Losing Weight to Correct Posture

Overweight and Poor Self Esteem

Are you over weight? Excess weight adds additional pressure on important parts of the back and neck. Being overweight as well as weight reduction and losing weight, can help to make your posture change.

Poor posture could have been brought on by low self esteem, degenerative processes or similar. You may even have been the victim of bullying during your school years, which very easily could have had an effect on your posture. We've all seen and heard about kids bullying each other at school. Heck even adults do it.

Bet Your Mom Asked You To 'Sit Up Straight'

Problems with posture can begin at very young age causing problems later in life. You probably remember your mother telling you to sit up straight.

Your parents had just been trying to stop you from damaging your spine, hips, and neck. They might not have realized it but they had also been saving you from respiratory, circulatory and digestive problems too. Who knew!

Ideas to Start Correcting Poor Posture

A good way to start correcting poor posture is to have a check up with your doctor to determine how much adjustment is needed and the very best therapy that suits your particular posture correction.

Your doctor will most likely perform a spinal segment alignment, flexibility tests and muscle strength tests to figure out the precise core of the trouble. This is done because the majority of posture correcting procedures is related to how much muscle tightness or weaknesses that may or may not be found during the examination.

If You're Diagnosed with Poor Posture

As soon as you have a diagnosis you'll be much better equipped to concentrate on the treatment, which will probably be extremely relaxing and can even be invigorating.

Treatments could involve treating the painful area with heat, stretching, massages and strengthening workouts could be part of your therapy to correct your posture, but pay attention to your ligaments and bones too.

You might want to look into massage too. Some really good body massage can get rid of a lot of tension and pain, so you can start relaxing and concentrate on your correcting posture. It really all depends on the cause of your poor posture, what suits your situation.

Improve Posture with Yoga

Exercising to Help Poor Posture

Physical exercise will do the work in enhancing the strength of your muscles, which will provide more energy to lift and stretch in a way that's comfortable for the body as opposed to causing more tension and pressure on your joints and ultimately causing injury.

Practicing Yoga Can Help In So Many Ways

Yoga is really good to start you on the right track to relaxing. This will definitely help with any tension build up you have and if your posture is caused by tension, yoga could be a good starting point.

Get a good massage that can also clear away any tension and stress you may have and again may be a good entrance to address poor posture as well.

In conclusion

It might take a little time, discomfort and unpleasantness to correct your posture, but it will be worth it in the long term, where your body will benefit a great deal.

Things you may need to purchase is a good chair, if you don't already have one that you can sit properly in, or chiropractic treatment, which can be a bit expensive depending on how many sessions you need.

Whether you have poor posture or not, you just can't go wrong with massage and yoga. Exercise is another thing that can help too in getting your body into the right posture and avoid further discomfort and pain.

When in doubt speak with your doctor, who after all knows your medical background and can help with advice and treatment.

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    • starbright profile imageAUTHOR

      Lucy Jones 

      5 years ago from Scandinavia

      Thanks for your kind comments ChitrangadaSharan. Yoga is wonderful for all kinds of things. Thank you for your visit.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful information shared by you!

      I completely believe in the practice of 'Yoga' for healthy living. And I practice it everyday, since I don' t remember when.

      You have some excellent hubs based on physical fitness and you know the subject really well. You must write more of them for everyone' s benefit.

      Thanks for sharing this useful hub--Voted up as useful!

    • starbright profile imageAUTHOR

      Lucy Jones 

      5 years ago from Scandinavia

      You're welcome. Thanks for commenting. Take care -- Lucy

    • Laura in Denver profile image

      Laura Deibel 

      5 years ago from Aurora

      Great suggestions, thanks!

    • travel_man1971 profile image

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      It's really a plus when you have a good posture. But, as we ages, gravity can hinder such factor. Our kind of work can also affect how we look 10 years ago.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You've convinced me. I have really been wanting to do yoga. I know it would be so helpful in so many ways. I must find the time soon.Thanks!

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Great hub starbright, I do remember doing my back in by picking up bags of shopping years ago, and yes it was my fault, I bent at the waist and tried to pick them up instead of bending my legs! oh the agony! lol! great advice, and voted and shared, nell

    • starbright profile imageAUTHOR

      Lucy Jones 

      5 years ago from Scandinavia

      You are so right Billybuc, pain can absolutely drain all the energy from you. Thanks for dropping in :-) Take care -- Lucy.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Such very important information, but unfortunately very few people think about this until they are in pain, pain that could be avoided. Very well done my new friend.

    • unknown spy profile image

      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Great hub.. proper posture can really avoid pains in our body.

    • starbright profile imageAUTHOR

      Lucy Jones 

      7 years ago from Scandinavia

      Thanks for the comment droj. Mopping is when kids at school for example are saying or doing nasty things to you. I think I may have used a Scandinavian word there :) have just checked for English word equivalent and it's bullying.

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      droj 

      7 years ago from CNY

      That's great that you put the stuff in there about self esteem affecting posture. I know girls who slouch because if they didn't their chest would be more visible (and probably more "exposed" in their eyes). Although I have no idea what "mopping" is... :^P

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