Posture can be defined as the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Good posture is the correct alignment of body parts supported by the right amount of muscle tension against gravity. Without good posture and adequate amount of muscles that control it, we are likely to fall to the ground.
Muscle groups like hamstrings and large back muscles are critically important in maintaining good posture. While the ligaments help to hold the skeleton together the postural muscles, when functioning properly, prevent the forces of gravity from pushing us over forward. Postural muscles also maintain our posture and balance during movement.
Keeps bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are utilized properly.
Helps decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in arthritis.
Decreases the stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together.
Prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions.
Prevents fatigue because muscles are being used more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy.
Prevents strain or overuse of muscles.
Prevents backache and muscular pain.
Aids in reducing and preventing lower back pain and neck pain.