08 Jun Stand straighter, live longer: Good posture can help you age better
“Posture affects everything we do. We want people to build an awareness about their posture … andteach them to move with greater symmetry and balance,” says Dr. Steven Weiniger, an Atlanta-area chiropractor and posture expert who works with seniors. He will be lecturing to health-care professionals at the Florida Chiropractic Association’s summer convention in Boca Raton on June 13-16.
Most elders are aware of how important exercise is, and more are having balance testing done — both good ways to prevent falls. But Weiniger said posture is an overlooked part of the wellness equation.
Primary care physicians may recognize the health risks that hunched shoulders and “flexed” posture hint at. But often, they refer those patients for physical therapy when it’s almost too late, said Kevin Pallone, a physical therapist specializing in geriatrics.