Correcting the Posture

Correcting the Posture

By Taikhum Sadiq

Posture refers to the proper shape of the body and the correct position of the limbs. Back posture refers to the shape of the spine when a person sits, sleeps, walks, or performs any specific physical activity. A good posture refers to the three natural curves present in a nicely shaped spine. The cervical, the thoracic, and the lumbar regions are the three curves of the spine. A bad posture refers to the ill-shaped structure of the spine.

Poor or bad posture is the posture that results from some muscles tightening up or shortening while others lengthen and become weak which often occurs as a result of one's daily stressful activities. There are different things which may impact posture which include occupational activities and biomechanical factors such as force and repetition. Other reasons include psychosocial factors such as job stress and strain. Workers who have higher job stress are more likely to develop neck and shoulder symptoms.

Census has shown that truck drivers and public transport drivers are at a great risk of lower back and neck pain syndromes as well as other musculoskeletal disorders than clerical workers, partly because of their poor sitting posture and lack of breaks. Clerical workers who use computers for long periods are at a great risk of upper extremity and neck pain, especially on the side where the mouse is used.

Poor posture can result in spinal and joint dysfunction as a result of muscle changes. Poor posture can result in short term but more likely long term pain or damage. There are many options from which we can choose things that can help us in the treatment and correction of the spine. Problems such as scoliosis, lordosis, and osteoporosis are also relieved by using posture correctors.

What are my options for posture correctors?

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  • Core Posture Corrector promotes proper posture that is affected by conditions such as lordosis and scoliosis and is inconspicuous under most clothing. Shoulder straps provide a snug comfortable fit while helping hold shoulders in a neutral position. It is made of white cotton canvas and has two flexible stays.
  • FLA Orthopedics Posture Control Shoulder Brace is designed to gently keep the shoulders back for proper posture control. It has a high quality canvas back, foam padded shoulder straps and is cotton-lined for comfort. It features four plastic stays on the back panel for extra support.
  • ITA-MED Women Thoracic Lumbo-Sacral Orthosis Posture Corrector is a three-in-one support for shoulder, back and abdomen. It is designed with two flexible metal stays and rigid anterior and posterior removable panels. Its reinforced and extra shoulder sleeves provide additional comfort. Helps prevent and treat Scoliosis or other spine problems.
  • Mabis DMI Posture Perfect for Men and Women provides an excellent aid for those with osteoporosis and postural conditions. It is one inch elastic band with reinforced crisscross design that helps restore posture and reduce back strain. Comes with hook and eye adjustment for a custom fit.

 

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