Proven Posture Pointers for Your Personal Best
By Sara Butler
If you were to ask your chiropractor the No. 1 thing you can do to avoid back or neck pain, his answer will probably be to practice good posture. You just can’t avoid the fact that posture plays a huge role in your spinal health and overall wellness. That’s why your mother told you to stand up straight all those years ago – because she loves you and cares about your health! If you struggle with pain in your back or neck, then the first thing you’ll want to check is your posture. Here are three tips to help you get your posture back on track.
Get Pumped for Posture!
First and foremost, good posture takes dedication. You will have to get up every single day with the dedication, desire, and thought to practice good posture. Think Rocky montage – you can even play “Eye of the Tiger” if you really want to.
Good posture can take some work, but it’s well worth the commitment. Plus, you’ll notice little things to keep you going along the way such as improved appearance and a possible reduction in neck and back pain. So get started!
Posture Pointer No. 1: Talk to Your Chiropractor
Let you chiropractor be your guide on this posture passage. You can’t work on improving your posture if you don’t know what good posture is in the first place. Ask them to help define it for you and show you what you should be aiming for.
Posture Pointer No. 2: Start with your Core
Your core muscles are the largest group of muscles in your body. That’s what makes them so incredibly important to healthy posture! You will need to work on strengthening the muscles in your abdomen and hips in order to help you hold the proper posture. If you have to tense your buttocks (also called glutes) to hold your spine in the proper position, then you’re not quite there yet.
A great exercise to help with core strength that is gentle and low impact is yoga. It helps to build up strength in your core, helps to improve your flexibility and your range of motion, too! A good yoga class can help you achieve your posture goals!
Posture Pointer No. 3: Use Reminders
Look, you’re going to fall off the proverbial posture wagon – there’s no shame in that. You simply need to build in some reminders to help you during the day to remember you posture properly! Put a post-it note on your desk or a reminder in your phone to beep at you every once in a while. Good posture requires as much mental work as physical work, so make sure to give yourself a little mental bump every so often!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.