Kinesiology Tape Helps Improve Posture
Remember when your mom nagged you to stand up straight? Well, she was, as always, right. Slouching, or bad posture, is a hallmark of our sedentary lifestyles as we relax into our armchairs to binge on Netflix shows or hunch over our game consoles and laptops.
Some Information About Posture
Proper posture allows us to keep the correct alignment of the spine, bones and joints. If we have poor posture while sitting, standing, lifting, carrying, bending, driving, etc. on a regular basis, we pull our spine, bones and joints out of alignment. This will result in pain and tension. Other conditions related to poor posture include: muscle pain as a result of strains or tears, neck headache, overuse injuries, shoulder arthritis, hip bursitis, and more.
Below is an illustration of some common postural problems.
Posture Correction And Kinesiology Tape
The American Posture Institute recommends a three-pronged approach to complete posture correction: spinal alignment, posture rehabilitation and posture habit re-education. This program should be managed by the appropriate health care provider, such as a physical therapist, an osteopath, a chiropractor, or the like. In the same article the API finds that functional tape, or kinesiology tape, is an effective tool to assist in the process of posture habit re-education.
Kinesiology tape applied to specific areas on the back helps in posture habit re-education by gently tugging on the skin when the person goes out of proper alignment. This gentle tug makes the person aware that the proper posture is not being held and reminds them to resume it. The person uses his own muscles and strength rather than relying on a typical brace to hold the body in position.
Here is a video illustrating one use of postural taping. Your healthcare provider will advise you on which one is best for your particular needs.
Other Actions That Help Improve/Maintain Good Posture
- Incorporate more movement to promote general health and wellness.
- Do some strength training to keep the muscles in your upper back, chest and shoulders strong and working together to help maintain proper posture.
- Learn the correct positions for sitting,driving, lifting and sleeping.
So follow your mother’s advice. Stand up straight and enjoy life!