Ways to Check Your Posture All Day
By Sara Butler
There are more reasons to maintain good posture beyond how you look. Maintaining good posture is key to your overall health and wellness and is one of the most effective tools you have in your arsenal to reduce neck and back pain. Your chiropractor at The Joint is a master at helping to find relief from pain you are experiencing, but if you can do your part by practicing good posture, then you might be able to avoid experiencing pain at all!
Why Posture Matters
When you have poor posture, you’re putting stress and strain on your spine and the muscles that support it. In fact, poor posture can cause permanent changes to the structure of your spine, which leads to other more serious complications, such as headaches, difficulty breathing, and fatigue.
When you practice good posture, it means your spine and the rest of your body are aligned properly. If you can correct your posture when standing and sitting, then everything you do will go more smoothly and the posture will be easier to maintain.
To do a quick posture check throughout your day, you should:
- Ask a friend for help – If you’re unsure about your posture, ask a friend at the office to take a look at you or take your picture as you sit at your desk.
- Use the paper trick – If you’re comfortable doing it, put a small piece of paper on top of your head as you’re working at your computer. If it falls off, then you know it’s time to realign!
- Watch the phone calls – You need to be aware of how you’re holding the phone when you use it. People often fall into a trap of holding the receiver between their ear and shoulder, which is a recipe for neck and shoulder pain.
- Utilize lumbar support – Make sure you’re sitting all the way back in your chair in order to have proper lumbar support.
- Use a timer – Set a timer on your phone or computer to get up and move around at least once an hour if not twice. It’s a great way to keep tabs on your posture.
Your posture is a work in progress and something you have to be diligent about to do right. So, try to set reminders for yourself throughout the day, and remember that if you need help, ask your chiropractor!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.