Dr. Sharman’s Musings

Why You Should Be Improving Your Back Posture

improving your back postureOh posture!  It’s that thing we all know we need to focus on a bit more but bad habits, a sedentary lifestyle, our work environment and even genetics sometimes get in the way.  Last month was National Posture Awareness Month – and I shared the importance of good neck posture for avoiding negative health effects.   But the neck is only one aspect of posture – improving your back posture in the upper and middle back, or thoracic spine, is equally important.

The most common problem with posture of the thoracic spine is increased kyphosis, or “hunching.” The thoracic spine should be shaped like a “C” with the inside of the curve facing the front of the body and the arch of the curve going from the middle of the back toward the upper back.  As this curve increases, a person will go from being slouched to severely hunched forward over time.  Hyperkyphosis can restrict breathing and actually reduce heart and lung function, impacting life expectancy.

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Why You Should Care About Neck Posture

neck posturePosture is so much more important than how it relates to our appearance.  It goes beyond how well we look and actually affects how well we ARE!  May is National Posture month.  I thought I would take the opportunity to discuss posture in this three-part blog series covering the neck (cervical) area, the middle back (thoracic) area and finally the lower back (lumbar) area.

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