Performing exercises to strengthen your back and core can be very helpful to improve your posture. Poor posture could lead to the development of spine conditions such as herniated discs and spinal arthritis. If you are experiencing neck and back problems related to a degenerative spine condition, it is common for a physician or physical therapist to recommend exercises to help you focus on posture and strengthen supporting muscles.
Commonly recommended exercises for core muscle strengthening include chest lifts, crunches and squats. Here are two lesser-known exercises that are specifically designed to promote good posture:
Standing or sitting straight, gently glide your head backward. When you feel tension in the front of your neck, stop and hold this position for a few seconds and release the position. This exercise will help correct forward head posture.
Standing straight, relax your hips and lower back. Place your fingers on your hips as a guide. Tuck your buttocks under as you slowly roll your hips forward. Hold this position for a few seconds and then release. Pelvic tilts can improve abdominal strength and can also be performed while lying on your back on the floor.
Focusing on better posture in your everyday activities and through exercise might help you find relief from symptoms related to spine conditions. However, if exercises and other conservative treatments — like medication, physical therapy and hot/cold compression therapy — fail to relieve your pain, reach out to our spine specialists at Spine & Orthopedic Center today at 888-409-8006 for more information.