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Break Your Bad Posture Habits

By Sara Butler

Posture can be a constant battle for many people. It’s very easy to fall into habits that are less than stellar, especially when you spend hours a day sitting at your desk working on a computer or using your smartphone. Well, it’s time to talk about those bad posture habits for the health of your back. Regular visits to your chiropractor are important for back health, but there’s more you should be doing between visits to keep your spine healthy. Here are some posture habits you need to break!

Legs Crossing

This is a terrible position for the health of your spine. Many people sit this way out of habit, especially women. The reason it’s not good for you is because it unstacks your spine, meaning your vertebrae are off-kilter and not sitting nicely on top of one another. This creates pressure on the lower back and forces you to sit leaning to one side , also unbalancing your pelvis. Try to be conscious of sitting in this position and stop yourself whenever you go there!

Back Hyperextension

Do you ever snap out of what you’re doing only to find you’re sitting with a hunched, rounded back? You can probably guess this is not a healthy posture. It causes your spine to overarch and is quite harmful to the health of your spine and your entire body. You need to try to keep your spine in a neutral position, meaning you should sit in a way to encourage it to maintain its natural curves. This protects your joints and muscles from the strain that can lead to much larger problems down the road.

Hunchback

Speaking of hunching forward, you can take that to another level by maintaining a posture called the hunchback. This is when you sit with your shoulders hunched forward, your back rounded and your head tilted down. This is also a posture that is synonymous with something called “text neck” and is quite damaging over the long term for the health of your spine. You need to be aware of this position and try to avoid it at all costs!

Carrying Oversized Bags

Modern life calls for a lot of stuff, and most of the time all that stuff is carried around in a bag. When you carry a heavy bag on just one side of your body it causes you to lean to one side, and that can lead to muscle imbalances that lead to pain and discomfort in the long term. Try to carry your things in a backpack that distributes the weight equally, not just to one side. This will help to distribute the weight more evenly and is better for your body in the long run.

If you have other questions about your posture, you should always feel free to discuss it with your chiropractor during you next adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic!

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