The 3 S's of Good Posture
By Sara Butler
You might be kind of sick of hearing about the importance of good posture, but the reason you hear so much of it from your chiropractor and beyond is because of just how important it is to your overall health. To put it simply, the importance of good posture can’t be talked about enough. When you practice good posture, you’re doing many great things for your spine and your overall health. That’s why it’s really important to understand the three S’s of good posture!
Why It’s Important
So what does good posture do for you? It does a few things, such as:
- Improves how you look
- Makes you feel and look more confident
- Lowers your risk of arthritis
- Removes stress from joints and muscles
Good posture is something your body wants, but that doesn’t mean it won’t take a little work on your part, especially if you’ve developed bad posture habits.
The Three S’s
So, what are these mysterious three S’s of good posture? They are:
- Sitting – You probably spend a fair amount of time sitting during the day, so it will pay to focus on your posture while you sit. You need to make sure you use a chair with a high back that is supportive. Your lower back and hips should be right up against the back. If this is difficult to do, then place a rolled up towel or small pillow between your back and the chair to add some more support.
- Standing – This is probably the first place your mind goes when thinking of proper posture, but just because your mind goes there doesn’t mean you’re doing it right. When you stand, you need to imagine a straight line running from the top of your head to your heels. Your ears should be directly over your shoulders and the line of your body should be straight all the way down. It might feel unnatural at first, but keep practicing!
- Sleeping – OK, you’re not conscious when you sleep, but you can set yourself up for postural success or failure when you sleep. If you sleep in positions that are unhealthy for your spine, such as on your stomach, or you have an unsupportive mattress or pillows, then it can place undue stress on your spine and cause issues. Sleep on your back or your side, and use pillows strategically to add support where you need it. You’ll know you’re doing it right if you wake up without aches and pains!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.