You experience back and neck pain, bad posture is usually the number one culprit. What with the prolonged board meetings, long commutes, hours and hours of watching TV, and hunching forward when sitting at your desk in your office for God knows how long.
An awkward posture does not only look bad but also get some of your muscles working extra hard. What’s more, circulation, breathing and digestion also suffer.
Benefits of Proper Posture
For those of us who engage in tasks that require body mechanics, it’s not uncommon to assume an improper body alignment, and with it comes posture issues. When your body lacks proper alignment, muscles and ligaments cannot create structures strong enough to support the body.
The result is some of the body muscles will elongate while the rest remain short making it difficult to position the body upright. That leads to improper circulation and movement of energy affecting the efficiency of the body. Besides, with a proper posture, health issues like lower back pain, neck pain, and headaches will not be there. Even more, good postural habits allow relaxed breathing, improved digestion and general improvement of your immune system. An upright posture also gives your back your confidence!
Massage and Posture
Bad postural habits are easy to correct although it will need some effort on your side. Apart from assuming a proper posture when working, a massage therapy can help improve your posture. How does it work?
To correct posture, therapists mainly apply deep tissue massage. The technique involves a hands-on approach that focuses on relaxing the stress and tension that accumulates in the soft body tissues. A massage therapist will apply pressure enough to reach the muscle fibers located deep inside.
What results is enhanced circulation, lowered back pain and improved joint and bone movement range. This technique uses the principle of lengthening the tight muscles while making the weak muscle stronger. That should help alleviate pain in the body and improve your stance. Swedish massage works close to the deep tissue massage, and a combination of the two will gives incredible results.