Growing up your parents and teachers always told you to stand up straight. Generally, puberty is the time where your posture is most affected. Growth spurts combined with heavy backpacks and small desks can have a negative effect on your posture that can last a life time. And this doesn’t just go for your children; sitting at a desk all day at work can also cause bad posture. Bad posture seems like a small issue but, it can actually lead to worse problems including chronic back pain.
On the contrary, there are many health benefits of having good posture. One major benefit of good posture is that is facilitates better breathing. This explains why yoga and pilates focus so much on form and posture during moves, it is important in order to promote good air flow. Try breathing while you’re slouching, and then sit or stand up straight and notice how much easier air flow is.
Good posture can prevent you from a life full of ailments and pains. If you are consciously aware of your posture while standing AND sitting, then you are less likely to develop back problems later in life. Sitting down, your posture should be a straight back, butt against the chair back, and feet on the floor flat in front of your body. This position will put the least amount of stress on your back and provide the most comfort for your spine! The placement of your computer, desk and chair are also important. Your chair should be adjusted so that your feet are flat on the ground in a 90 degree angle. Your desk and keyboard should be adjusted so that your elbows are also at a 90 degree angle. These adjustments will assure your body is not being bent or twisted in the wrong directions.
While standing the best posture is to act as if there is a string running from your earlobe, shoulder, hip, knee and the middle of your ankle. It is important to have your shoulders back and your hips lined up with them, not protruding outward. If your hips are in front of the rest of your body, you could end up with pain in your hips and even possibly wearing down the tendons in the joint.
Hold yourself accountable throughout the day and check your posture while you are sitting and standing in order to assure that you’re in the best position for your body. While at work, set a timer or event on your calendar every hour in order to make a habit of adjusting your posture. While standing in line at the store or elsewhere, make sure that your feet are planted on the ground, make a conscious effort to stand up straight while you are waiting.
OSR wants you to have the healthiest back and spine possible! Do you need help improving your posture? Give us a call at 488-5555 for your free consultation so we can help you!