Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 13, 1975 · Page 21
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July 13, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 21

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July 13,1975 ^ -CMTfeMM. «tW VirgiftW Posture's Effects on Appearance Easy to See By Marim Wdls Reterck Director, Americm* Fkytictd fil- neit Retearck Imitititte The effects of posture on your apper- ance are easy to see. but its health benefits go beyond what meets the eye. The potential rewards of better posture also include reducing fatigue and tension, helping to prevent backache and promoting healthy body function. . Putting yourself in "better shape" now may even mean more chance of staying that way when you're older. With poor posture, some muscles may be overstretched while others shorten. Muscle shortening over the years may have much to do with that elderly "stooped look" in many cases. ;a'ccording to Dr. Herbert A. deVries. an expert in physiology of exercise and aging. .Chronic poor posture can also add to "The ^wear and tear on joint structures (which) produces arthritic joint strain and later, arthritis of chronic form." » · * IMPROVING YOUR posture may save you : 'a pain in the neck" -- head, or back. Proper posture "... places the body ia a position to resist the downward pull of gravity with the least amount of muscular effort "and strain on the ligaments and tendons ..." You're also less likely to place unequal stress on just one or a few muscles, leading to tension and pain. In con- ABCs of Health your back to a flat wall, with heels about six inches from the wall. Bead your knees so that you're sitting on an imaginary support. Your head and back should be against the wall, chin parallel to the floor. Now tighten your abdomen and buttocks. Finally, slowly inch the feet back against the wall as you straighten your legs. There should be no more than a hand's thickness between the small of your back and the wall. Walk around a bit and stand against the wall once more to see if you've maintained the correct posture. cte tone and flexibility will also help keep your body in balance. Strengthen your abdominal muscles by tightening them periodically throughout the day. To loosen up shoulder and chest muscles, try a few shoulder shrugs. Postural problems in children or adults may require professional evaluation. Your physician can also determine whether such factors as poor nutrition, sight or hearing difficulties, foot trouble or emotional problems are involved, or refer you to the appropritate specialist. for girls who know the name of the game ;UEEN CASUALS trast, orthopedic specialist Dr. Leon Root calls poor posture "the principal underlying cause" behind most common back problems. Getting your body out of a slump may also benefit your internal organs and put you in a healthier position with respect to breathing, metabolism, digestion and elimination. It can even influence your job chances by helping you make a better first impression. Have you fallen into postural pitfalls? To make a quick posture check, stand with HOW CAN YOU help set your body straight? Beware of pulling one shoulder down by habitually using the same arm to carry rather than alternating. Avoid balancing the telephone between ear and shoulder. Encourage proper sitting posture by choosing seats with good lower back support and a comfortable height and depth. This is important whether you're behind a desk, in front of the television or behind the wheel of a car. Investigate back supports for your car seat if necessary. Proper exercise to maintain good mus- WANT ADS GET RESULTS! TRY ONE and you'll see. 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