If you've ever seen portrayals of finishing school in television or movies, you're probably familiar with the image of a student walking or sitting with a book on her head. You may have even snickered at such a quaint sight, but one chiropractor doesn't think good posture is a laughing matter. Thankfully, New Jersey yoga classes can help people who experience pain resulting from poor posture.
Repetitive stress is one factor that may drive bad posture, including non-stop sitting and reaching toward a computer, chiropractor Tim Brown wrote in Dynamic Chiropractic. Not experiencing a wide range of physical motions can cause shoulder pain symptoms and a C-shaped curve to the back, which should naturally be shaped like the letter S.
One key to improving posture is frequent physical activity.
"Age is not an excuse for poor movement and function; lack of movement is," Brown wrote. "Yoga, 5-rites, Pilates, tai chi and other exercise routines are fun and easy to follow."
The benefits of yoga's mind-body exercises are not just physical, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health. People who practice yoga may also experience improvements in their mood and ability to manage stress.