5 Posture Pointers for a Healthier Back
By Brandi Goodman
Posture Month in May offers valuable insight into some of the best practices for maintaining good posture. You need to remain upright with your back straight and your eyes forward as much as you can to keep your spine healthy. A healthier back is possible with these five posture pointers in mind.
Strengthen Your Core
Your core has a lot to do with how well you can maintain your posture. A weakened core will make it difficult to stand and sit up straight even if you want to. You should work to strengthen your core -- and lower back -- through exercise so you can maintain balance, coordination, and posture.
It will be difficult to stand straight if you have joint restrictions in place. Getting regular chiropractic care can help to correct these subluxations and ensure your back is as flexible and capable as possible. You'll stand taller without any restrictions inhibiting you.
Have All Devices at Eye Level
Whether you're looking at your phone, working on a computer, or watching TV, all of these devices need to be kept at eye level. You shouldn't have to tilt your neck downward or look up long to view the screen. Position any device you view at eye level so you can sit up straight, keep your head forward, and prevent an ache in your neck and upper back.
Choose the Right Shoes
The wrong pair of shoes can do a lot to hinder your posture. You need to make sure you're choosing the right pair that offers stability and support. You'll stand taller and walk easier if you have a well-fitting pair of shoes with shock absorption and cushioning. Don't wear flats or heels that can put you off balance and make it more difficult to stand straight or maintain your balance.
Spend Time Stretching
You need to spend time stretching regularly if you have any hope of keeping your posture intact. Failing to stretch can lead to hunched shoulders and a tight back that hurts to straighten. Stretch your body out well -- and regularly -- so you can support your body and its flexibility.
Fail to maintain good posture and you're sure to experience pain before long. Your back aches easily when it's constantly hunched, twisted, or bent more often than it should. Keep these posture pointers in mind so you can prevent pain and maintain the health of your back and spine.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pace, Fla.