Posture is important. The spine is made for balance and stability, and posture control improves balance, relieving back pain. Postural education is more beneficial than stabilization exercises in controlling persistent low back pain.
A bad posture can even affect incontinence. The muscles of the pelvic floor have an important role in the control of bladder function. The pelvic floor muscles are part of the core, along with the transverse abdominals (between the two hip points in the front), multifidi (small muscles between the vertebra), and diaphragm (under the ribs). The pelvic floor muscles activity influences bladder inhibition and provides support to the pelvic organs. Over time, adopting the non-slumped posture may protect against pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.
Instruction in the correct biomechanical alignment of the body to reduce undue strain on muscles, joints, ligaments, discs, and other soft tissues. There is an ideal posture but most do not have it. Therapists educate patients about the importance of improving posture and body mechanics with daily activities. Stretching and strengthening exercises may be prescribed to facilitate postural improvement and to prevent further disability and future recurrences of problems.