3 Tips for Perfecting Your Posture
By Virginia Laird
Perfecting your posture is most likely not something you consciously decide to do during the day. It takes practice. Many of the tips that are provided for correcting posture are not ones that might not be comfortable. The best place to search for suggestions to help posture is with your chiropractor. Bodies are not “one size fits all.” This also means that exercises that work to help one person may not be the right one for someone else. It is important to consult with your chiropractor before self-prescribing any routine that may alter your back or spine. A few tips suggested by chiropractors that can be for everyone include:
- Sitting with uncrossed legs
- Placing computers and keyboards correctly
- Keeping the computer at eye level
Uncross Your Legs
While crossing the legs may seem to come natural, there is actually nothing natural about it. Crossing the legs can cause the back to shift the body’s weight, putting stress on the spine. Chiropractors and research suggests sitting with the feet (both feet) flat on the ground. This allows the spine to have an equal and appropriate distribution of weight. This is the best sitting position to encourage correct posture.
Purposefully Place Your Computer and Keyboard
At the office, a great deal of time may be spent on the computer. However, when entering (almost) any office, the computer seems to be pushed off to one side of the desk. Instead, the best placement for the computer and keyboard is a location that allows the body to sit directly in front of it. Having to constantly look over to the side can cause pain in the neck. Your chiropractor can help with suggestions on how to arrange your office to make it more back and neck friendly.
Keep Your Computer at Eye Level
Another thing many chiropractors recommend to help ease tension on the neck and back is to keep the computer screen at eye level. This can help prevent one from the urge to hunch or slump forward when using the computer. Let’s face it, there is little that can be done to decrease the need to use a computer, so learning how to make little adjustments can go a long way.
To learn more tips on how to keep back pain away, visit your chiropractor at The Joint Chirorpactic. With more than 370 locations nationwide there is sure to be one near you.
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