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Sit Up Straight (Like Your Mama Said)

By Sara Butler

You’ve probably heard it a million times: “Sit up straight!” This piece of advice is common to hear throughout your life, especially from your mother and grandmother. But they weren’t telling you that simply because they wanted to pick on you; they told you that because they care about your health and wellness. Get ready, because you’re about to hear it again from the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic! Here’s why sitting up straight is so important to your spinal health and overall health, too.

Check Yourself

As Ice Cube so eloquently put it, “Check yourself before you wreck yourself!” Seize the moment and think about your posture right now by asking these questions:

  • Does your chair provide lumbar support?
  • Does the back of your chair fit naturally against the natural curve of your lower spine?
  • Are your feet flat on the ground?
  • Are your knees at a 90-degree angle?
  • Are your knees on the same level as your hips?
  • Are your shoulders, buttocks, and back against the back of your chair?
  • Is your body weight evenly distributed on both hips?
  • Are you hunching forward or are your shoulders relaxed and even?

An answer of “no” to any of these questions would get you a head shake from Ice Cube because you’re well on the way to wrecking your spine with improper posture! It’s the one thing a world-famous rapper, your grandmother, and a chiropractor can agree on. A no to any of these questions indicates that you may be unknowingly putting stress on your spine, something that can lead you straight to back pain.

Change Up Your Habits

Working on changing your habits can be challenging at first, but great posture -- if you work on it -- is achievable in no time. One part of the solution is to make sure you stand up, move around, and stretch at least once an hour when you’re working. Set a reminder on your phone or attach a note to your computer screen to help you remember.

Moving around at least once an hour will help you to change positions consistently throughout the day. If you practice poor posture regularly, then sitting at your computer slouching all day will eventually have an impact on your spine and the discs that help protect and support it. Taking a break is a simple way to support a healthier spine.

Also, talk to your chiropractor about exercises you can do to help with your posture. Stronger, balanced muscles can help make sitting up straight and practicing good posture easier.

Your posture has a major impact on your overall health and wellness, so pay attention to it and heed your grandmother's (and Ice Cube's) advice!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Englewood, Colo.

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