Are You Making These Common Posture Mistakes?
By Sara Butler
Many people practice the not-so-perfect posture. If you're one of them, then you may be wondering why it really matters. Well, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want you to understand why it's important to your continued health and wellness as well as how you can fix it when your posture runs off the rails.
Posture: Why It Matters
So you don't sit up straight at your desk all day, no big deal, right? Wrong.
When you practice poor posture, your body has to work overtime in order to compensate and keep you upright. Muscles become fatigued, tension is created, and aches and pains abound, and you suffer reduced energy. When you work to correct your posture, then you're helping your body to work optimally. If you can put these tips to good use, then better posture will start to feel like second nature and help you keep your spine healthy in the long term.
How many times per day do you catch yourself slouching in your chair? While slouching in and of itself may not cause discomfort at the moment, it can lead to stress and strain of the soft tissues and muscles that support your spine. This strain causes muscle tension that turns into pain down the road.
It's important to get into the habit of not slouching when you're sitting. At first, it may not be comfortable, but that's only because your muscles aren't used to doing it right. Work on strengthening your core muscles as well as your back muscles in order to help support your back the right way when you avoid slouching. A few exercises to try include:
- Back extensions
Talk to the chiropractors at The Joint to help you understand how to improve your muscles to support a healthier spine when sitting.
Sticking Out Your Rear End
When standing, do you stand like a duck? Many people stand with their rear end pushed out, exaggerating the curve of their lower back, especially if you wear high heels a lot, have some excess body weight around your middle, or you're pregnant. You can combat this by strengthening the muscles in your buttocks and core. You can accomplish this through:
- Side-lying leg raises
- Standing thigh stretches
- Hip flexor stretches
You should also work to keep your shoulders relaxed and back while standing or walking as you pull in your stomach and keep your head level with your shoulders.
Posture is something that you must train yourself to be good at. Talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today to get started on your better posture journey!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.