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3 Tips to Improving Your Posture

By Virginia Laird

Having bad posture can lead to back pain and injury, some of which may be irreparable. Chiropractors suggest that sporting good posture comes naturally to very few. Rather, it is a conscious decision. Chiropractors suggest there are several things you can do to protect your back from pain while training your muscles to use correct posture. These include:

  • Take up yoga
  • Sit with your feet flat on the ground
  • Spend less time on the computer
  • Avoid high heels

Take Up Yoga

Chiropractors suggest that yoga is a great workout to help work on posture. This is a class that uses poses and stretches, along with correct posture, to tone and sculpt the muscles of the body. As a slower-paced class it helps participants focus on maintaining good posture. For those who need a little help on using correct posture, check with your local gym for a yoga class.

Sit With Your Feet Flat On The Ground

One bad habit that chiropractors teach should be addressed is sitting with your legs crossed. When this happens, the joints of the spine shift, which can cause restriction and movement. Chiropractors suggest that sitting with the feet flat on the ground can promote correct posture and allow for sitting without stress added by the shifting of the joints of the spine.

Spend Less Time On The Computer

Although many are required to use computers to work, chiropractors suggest that too much time spent at the computer can lead to back pain. Far too many already hunch or lean when trying to view the computer screen. This puts stress on the joints of the spine, which can be critical in making work painful. Chiropractors suggest that limiting time on the computer (where possible) or at least getting up to stretch periodically can help fight back pain while at work.

Avoid High Heels

Although high heels are quite fashionable, chiropractors suggest these are terrible for the back. These often lead to both back pain and damage to the spine when worn too often. Chiropractors suggest it is best that you wear shoes which are at or below a  two-inch heel. This can help avoid impeding your natural stride which can lead to damage in the joints of the spine. Choosing shoes which are not too high can help you keep your posture correct and pain-free.

If you are one who struggles to keep back pain away, it might be wise to visit your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With more than 450 locations nationwide you are sure to find one near you. And with no appointment necessary, getting seen is as simple as dropping by on your way home from work.

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

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