Ensuring muscles are being used effectively and efficiently. Helping to decrease abnormal wear and tear on joint surfaces. Decreasing stress on the spinal ligaments. Preventing the spine from becoming fixed in an abnormal position.
“Good posture is also known as neutral spine. When we have good posture, the muscles surrounding the spine are balanced and supporting the body equally,” explains Nina Strang, physical therapist and certified strengthening and conditioning specialist at the University of Michigan.
Here’s a quick posture check-in: When sitting, your feet should rest flat on the floor, with even weight on both hips. Your back should be mostly straight (you’ll have natural curves in your lumbar, thoracic, and cervical areas). Your shoulders should be back but relaxed and your ears should line up over your collarbones.