Can Massage Improve Posture?

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Published: 15th Aug, 2023

If there was ever an underrated health problem that is far too easy to overlook, it’s poor posture. In today’s digital world, we can all find ourselves slumped over our smart devices for hours on end. That combined with other habits over time, can mean that we end up experiencing a wealth of health issues specifically related to the neck, back, and beyond. 

This is why we should all make it an aim to not only improve posture but also consciously correct it with massage. In this article, we’re going to explore the relationship between massage and posture and the various ways it can help you to improve your overall health and wellness.

Why Does Our Posture Worsen Overtime?

As we get older, bad habits like slouching and being inactive can lead to poor posture. Over time, these postural imbalances cause fatigue and tightness in our muscles. The muscle fibers that are supposed to help us maintain posture get weaker from lack of use, while other fibers get overworked trying to compensate. 

Our nervous system can also receive faulty feedback about the body’s position, which can lead to more muscle contraction and spinal compression. Older adults often experience rounded shoulders, forward head tilt, and increased back pain. As such, regular exercise, stretching, massage and mindfulness about posture are key to counteracting the effects of aging on the body’s alignment.

The Relationship Between Massage Therapy and Posture

When we look at both massage and posture at first glance, it’s easy to piece together a connection. As massage relates to the manipulation of muscle tissue and posture is to do with body alignment, on face value we can see how they may go hand in hand. 

Massage can improve the overall health of our muscles, especially when it comes to the idea of improving blood flow and circulation. The health of our muscles, particularly those key postural muscles, can really help the body to hold a healthy posture over time.

The Benefits of Massage Therapy on the Body

Massage comes with a wealth of benefits from increased blood circulation to improved sleep and pain and tension reduction. As such, well-catered-for or poor muscle health can potentially influence our body alignment.

With aches and pains, we may be tempted to slouch more to compensate. The relief from massage better equips our muscles to hold the spine in its proper position. Plus, the increased blood flow will allow for better distribution of nutrition to the tissues to help support the overall body.

When you work to improve your posture, your bone, joint, and muscle health can improve, meaning you get to contribute to an ongoing health cycle that works for the better.

A person needing to improve her posture.

How Massage Can Improve Posture

Posture plays a crucial role in our overall health and well-being, affecting everything from musculoskeletal health to confidence and self-esteem. But what is it about massage that can make it better?

When we consider the specific benefits of promoting a healthier posture, ensuring that your key postural muscles that support the core, spine, and pelvic floor are healthy, tension-free, and functioning to their fullest will allow them to do their job efficiently. Essentially, neglecting your muscle health could not only lead to soreness and lifestyle factors such as stress and poor sleep but also drag your posture down with it!

Why Massage Therapy Works With Alignment

As we have seen, massage specifically works to target key muscle groups to release tension and encourage better blood flow. In doing so, not only can this temporarily relieve aches and pains, but it can support and encourage better alignment too. When done regularly, massage therapy can correct poor posture by targeting key muscle groups in the neck, shoulders, back, and hips.

Along with massage, remember to engage in regular stretching, exercise, and mindfulness practices that support good posture. Maintaining proper posture is a lifelong journey, but with consistent self-care through massage and movement, you can stay balanced and avoid many of the health issues caused by poor alignment. Invest in your well-being and consider making massage therapy a normal part of your health routine.

With the daily use of our CERAGEM V6, you may just find that you not only improve posture but boost your overall health as well.

Sources

WebMD – What You Should Know About the Benefits of Good Posture

Medical Science Monitor – Effect of massage on blood flow and muscle fatigue following isometric lumbar exercise

Harvard Health Publishing – Why good posture matters

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