ROCHESTER, Minn. — Modern lifestyle factors, such as texting, reaching for your keyboard or wearing
high heels, can create postural stressors that often cause muscle imbalances and injury. Having good posture is essential for good health; however, understanding what good posture is and maintaining it are
“When some people try to work on their posture, they tend to overdo it,” says Alynn Kakuk, physical
therapist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “They get into a super-extended position with their shoulders way back — enough that it creates too much of an arch on their back. So, they just start shifting their weight too far back.”
Bad posture habits can cause imbalanced body alignment, strain on ligaments and muscles, chronic pain, injuries, impingement, low back pain, neck pain, hip pain, joint stiffness and muscle tightness, according to Kakuk.
Simple exercises, stretches and being conscious of your posture can eliminate these ramifications.
Journalists: Sound bites with Alynn Kakuk and b-roll of a posture analysis are available in the downloads.
Kelley Luckstein and Naomi Ogaldez, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, firstname.lastname@example.org