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Can Stretching Help Attain a Better Posture Change?

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Stretching is better to practice if you crave to train your entire body system.

Good posture implies the ability to train your body to stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement or weight-bearing activities. A better posture is not the ability to stand straight and tall, rather It involves getting in and out of various positions.

This means that someone with good posture should be able to withstand the kyphosis of a boxing stance and then be able to move their body in extension like a gymnast doing a backbend.

Currently,  There’s no direct evidence linking stretching to better posture, stretching can help increase your overall flexibility, and it may also help improve your posture, manage pain caused by tight muscles and help you stay balanced.

The question of whether or not stretching can help attain a better posture comes up occasionally due to the long-standing theory that posture, or lack of “good posture”, is closely related to the development of pain and injury. This thought and belief are confined to Vladimir Janda8’s theory of upper and lower crossed syndrome.

One common risk factor for pain and movement disorder is Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS). occurs when the muscles in the neck, shoulders, and chest become deformed, usually as a result of poor posture.

The muscles that are typically the most affected are the upper trapezius and the levator scapula, which are the back muscles of the shoulders and neck. First, they become extremely strained and overactive. Then, the muscles in the front of the chest, called the major and minor pectoralis, become tight and shortened.

When these muscles are overactive, the surrounding counter muscles are underused and become weak. The overactive muscles and underactive muscles can then overlap, causing an X shape to develop. The lower crossed syndrome is a postural imbalance that occurs in the muscles of the lower back, pelvis, and hip joints. This condition is a result of prolonged sitting and will be exacerbated by poor posture.

Considering the fact that posture does not seem to be associated with pain, the uncertainty of stretching changing postures still stands.

A research conducted by José M Muyor in 2012 to figure out the effect of a stretching program carried out on the hamstring muscles extensibility and sagittal spinal posture of adult women.

Hamstring flexibility, thoracic and lumbar curvatures, and pelvic inclination were measured in relaxed standing and toe-touch tests with a Spinal Mouse. Significant improvements in hamstring flexibility were found after the intervention. Notwithstanding, there was no change in standing posture.

 

Stretching can help improve your posture, manage pain caused by tight muscles, and help you stay balanced. Since muscles come in pairs that ideally counterbalance each other, stretching and strengthening the muscles opposite the ones that always seem tight might help.

For instance, overdeveloped chest muscles or underused back muscles may be the cause of a sore back. In this case, you will have to stretch the muscles in your chest with arm rolls, or clasp your arms behind your back and gently pull your shoulders down and back.

 

Conclusively, It would appear that posture may be much more of a habit the body prefers to rest in than a permanent structural position it must adhere to. Good posture isn’t just about standing tall, it’s about how the body supports itself.

 

Even if you decide to work on it yourself it is important to get regular chiropractic care.

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