Posture Mistakes and Posture Musts
Posture is something we talk about fairly often, because it plays such an important role in back pain, or lack thereof. As many of us spend a lot of time at computers or sitting at desks for work, posture problems are practically commonplace. Here are some of the mistakes we all make when it comes to posture, and some tips to help improve your posture.
Slouching: Everyone does it at some point. But slouching causes the muscles in our neck, shoulders, and back to weaken, forcing our spine to bear more of the burden and bend unnaturally. In addition, because slouching puts chronic stress on the spine, most people begin to experience pain.
Carrying Heavy Bags: This is big problem, both for adults and kids/adolescents. A heavy work bag or purse puts excessive stress on the neck and shoulders, and can cause both tension and pressure on the vertebrae. Kids who tote heavy backpacks around experience a similar effect.
Bending at the Back: When we bend to pick something up that is at ground level, we often times bend at the back, causing us to move unnaturally and apply pressure. Repeatedly relying on this motion can lead to aches and even structural damage.
Build Strength: One of the best ways to improve your posture is to incorporate weight bearing exercise into your routine. Strength training can help you build the muscles that support good posture. Moves like the seated row are great, as are shoulder rolls and balance exercises.
Find A Replacement: Instead of carrying that over the shoulder bag laden with binders and water bottles, downsize your bag so you simply cannot carry around the things you don’t need. Rolling suitcases are best for travel, and rolling briefcases are great for everyday use.
Use Those Hips: Your butt, hips, and legs are the strongest muscles you have, so why not put them to good use? When you bend to pick something up, use your legs. It will save your back in the long run, and if you do it consistently, you can help sculpt those muscles.
Improving posture takes conscious effort, and slips are bound to happen. But work on these simple tips and you will begin to experience the benefits. In addition, stop by The Joint for regular chiropractic adjustments. Chronic posture problems can be fixed using our techniques, and by realigning the spine, your pain will be reduced and your body will get the nerve messages it’s supposed to in order to function properly.
*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or other health care professional before seeking treatment or taking related advice herein.*
Story Credit: Top 10 Posture Mistakes and 17 Tips to Get Better Posture by Ben Greenfield