We have all be told we should stand up straight and use good posture but why don’t we? Is it really that easy? The answer is not as straight forward as you might expect, and good posture is not as easy as just stand up straight.
First of all, to have good posture you need 3 things:
1. To be able to get to straight
2. Know where straight is
Again it sounds obvious but often where straight is and where we think it is are not always the same place
Now as you step off the wall you want to have:
3. Have the strength to hold your position
If you can’t get to straight, you will need to stretch or increase your back mobility until you can get to straight. For example:
If you have trouble putting all the pieces together for finding straight, you may need to use a mirror, or find a PT who can help show you how to stand.
If you have trouble holding the position, a strength program with the right mechanics can go a long way to improving this.
With all of these a PT can be invaluable to learn how to do it correctly or which exercises are going to work for your problem.