Better Posture Means Better Back Health

By Stepy Kamei

Whether it was in childhood or more recently, we've all been scolded at least once or twice for having poor posture while we sit or stand. Turns out, people obsessed with good posture may be onto something. It may please your grandmother to hear that new studies have shown how having good posture actually plays a significant part in determining your overall health and wellness. Scientific studies done on the matter have shown a direct correlation between poor posture and an increased likelihood of developing health issues such as back pain, depression, weight gain, and even cardiovascular disease. When it comes down to it, focusing on improving your posture isn't just important for manners' sake. The way you sit, stand, and walk can improve everything from your sleep habits to your mental health.

Sitting Correctly

Sitting is a pretty simple act -- how much thought really needs to go into it anyway? When you take into consideration just how many hours a day the average person spends in a seated position, it makes sense that sitting posture should be taken somewhat seriously. Commuting to work, sitting at a desk for the duration of the day, eating your meals, and relaxing on the couch at home are all instances where you should be making sure you are seated in an optimal position. Make sure your feet can always touch the floor wherever you sit; if you're staring at a screen, make sure it's at eye level so you aren't straining your neck up or down to look at it. Something crucial to keep in mind is that you should never stay seated for more than two hours at a time. Break up those long hours by simply standing up and stretching out your arms and legs for a minute or two. Ideally, you'll be able to fit a brisk walk into your lunch hour. 

Standing Properly 

Speaking of walking, you should know what the ideal position is for your spine when it comes to standing. Imagine a sturdy string is pulling you up from the top of your head as it runs down the length of your spine. You can also try imagining that there is a thin pencil resting between your shoulder blades, and you must keep the pencil in that position by rounding your shoulders back and keeping good posture. Little tips and tricks like these may seem unnecessary, but your entire body will thank you in the long run. You may want to consider consulting with a chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic clinics for further advice and treatment on improving back and spine health.