Good Moves March 2012 Issue

Good Posture Is Essential for Joint Pain Relief

The way you sit, stand, and walk can have a major impact on the durability and health of your joints.

The need for good posture never goes away. In fact, it becomes even more important as you age and develop age-related diseases, particularly arthritis. “When you maintain good posture, it puts the least amount of pressure on your joint surfaces and it allows them to work at their optimal level,” says Brenda Robbins, a McKenzie-credentialed spine physical therapist at Cleveland Clinic. “Proper posture puts the least amount of pressure on your body, allowing every part to take equal force as you move, and it protects your joints and muscles so you don’t have repetitive strain from the tasks that you do.

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